Narrow leaved phillyrea, Phillyrea angustifolia

shrub of the family Oleaceae

Etymology: the name Phillyrea comes from Greek " phyllon " which means "leaf"; its specific name angustifolia comes from "Angustus" which means "narrow" and "Folia" which indicates the leaf.
Mediterranean periphery. This shrub is common in the stony places of the South of France.
Habitat: the Narrow leaved phillyrea is undemanding in soil, in position (sun, half-shade), in environment (it is resistant to air pollution, wind and spray). It is adapted to drought.
Hardiness: zone 8: It support cold until -12 °C or 10 °F.
Rate of Growth: very slow.
Height: 2 m tall.
Shape: shrub, upright.
Persistent foliage. Oblong, narrow, tough, opposite leaf, 2-6 cm long and 0.5-2 cm broad, short petiole (4-8mm) and salient midrib, transparent margin. Colour green, clearer underneath.
Flowers from March till May, sweet-scented, melliferous, small, hermaphrodite, grouped in small fascicles in the axil of leaves, on the shoots of previous year. Corolla with very short tube.
Colour greenish white.
Fruits: small drupes (3-5 mm) protruding fleshy not edible, pruinose skin, turning to blue - blackish in autumn, persistent a part of the winter. Oval stone.

Use: Phillyrea is planted in dry gardens in insulated subject or in massive shrubs.
Advices of maintenance: Phillyrea supports pruning perfectly.


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