An evergreen shrub or sometimes a small tree up to 5 m tall with simple, entire, leathery, dark green, oppositely arranged leaves. Scented creamy-white flowers are borne at the leaf axils in spring and summer, and are followed by purplish black berries. It is easily confused with Olive, but the fruits are much smaller.
It has a graceful open shape, with slender, more or less upright and generally flexible branches, and a short trunk that soon branches. Phillyrea makes an excellent hedge, screen or windbreak. It is suitable for coastal gardens and can survive extreme exposure to wind. At Cape St. Vincent in the south-western tip of Portugal, it grows close to the ground in a dense carpet.
For hedging, plant it at 50-100 cm spacing depending on the initial plant size, your budget and level of patience to make an attractive hedge.
It is indifferent to soil type and can survive on sandy to clayey substrates, as well as those that are poor in nutrients and organic matter. Native to the western and central Mediterranean.
Phillyrea is a genus of only two species in the Olive family, the other being P. latifolia. Both species are available from the nursery.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.