This small drought tolerate deciduous tree can grow up to 9 metres, although the canopy spread often exceeds the tree's height. It is often used as a rootstock for the pistachio nut, P. vera, something that alludes to this native specie's strength and ability to make the best of whatever the soil and climatic conditions are. It supposedly grows best in a sandy to stony alkaline soil, but it can be found on most soils throughout Southern Portugal, modern agriculture and fire are probably the main restrictions it faces. Whatever the conditions, it is worth planting, as there are few trees as tough as the Terebinth. Like its close relative, Pistacia lentiscus, we think of them as scrubby shrubs, but this is only because they were under-valued in the agricultural economy and had to make way for fruiting trees such as the olive, carob and almond, rarely were they allowed to mature. As the agricultural landscape was abandoned, we have hillsides packed with teenage Pistacia's, their day will come.
Perfectly suited to the conditions here, the attractive autumn foliage colour, bright red fruits in late summer and excellent wildlife habitat make it a valuable specimen in a garden. If you are re-wilding or recovering what's left of your soil, you can't afford to not use them. If water is scarce, young trees are best encouraged to grow as a multi-stemmed tree, providing more canopy and visual impact than with a single trunk. Don't be scared to plant them up against surface rock outcrops. In the same way as wild Olive, their roots will find a way around them and reward you with a shady spot to sit on for years to come.
Pistacia terebinthus, natural range - Giovanni Caudullo, CC BY 4.0
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.
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