Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Robinia hispida L.

Fully-hardy upright shrub with bristly shoots, pinnate leaves, composed of up to 13 elliptic leaflets, and pendant racemes of light rose-pink flowers, to 3cm long, in spring and summer, followed by bristly brown seed pods.  To 2.5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘There are few trees or shrubs which have contributed more to adorn our plantations, and shrubberies, than those of this genus, nine species of which are enumerated in the Hort. Kew. of Mr. Aiton, most of these are natives either of North-America, or Siberia: the present species, an inhabitant of Carolina, is perhaps the most ornamental of the whole: its large pendant bunches of rose-coloured flowers load the branches in May and June, and sometimes a second crop will be produced late in the season.’  [BM t.311/1795].  Introduced to Europe in 1743.  [PD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.832/1843].


Published Dec 24, 2009 - 05:05 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:43 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and pendant raceme of light rose-pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanic Magazine t.311, 1795.

Robinia hispida L. | BM t.311/1795 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South eastern USA

Common Name

Rose acacia, Bristly locust, Moss locust

Name in the Camden Park Record

Robinia hispida - Rose acacia 

Confidence level high