Cneorum tricoccum L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Cneorum tricoccum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/cneorum/cneorum-tricoccum/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

Genus

Other taxa in genus

    Glossary

    alternate
    Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
    branchlet
    Small branch or twig usually less than a year old.
    glabrous
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.

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    Credits

    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    Recommended citation
    'Cneorum tricoccum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/cneorum/cneorum-tricoccum/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

    A low, evergreen shrub 1 to 2 ft high, with erect, forking branches. Leaves alternate, greyish green, 1 to 2 in. long, rarely more than 13 in. wide, glabrous, terminating as a rule in a tiny, abrupt point. Flowers 13 in. in diameter, yellow, produced several together at the end of the branchlet and in the axils of the terminal leaves; petals three or four. Fruit brownish red, composed of three segments, each about the size of a small pea flattened on two sides; it has a fleshy covering, but is bony beneath.

    Native of the Mediterranean region, and rather common along the French and Italian Riviera in dry positions. Among other places one may find it on the Cap d’Antibes, and on the hills behind Mentone. It is not hardy at Kew, but lives in the gardens of the south and west coasts. I have seen it flourishing in the garden of the late Mr Hiatt C. Baker at Almondsbury, near Bristol. It has been known in gardens since the last years of the eighteenth century, but owing no doubt to its lack of any striking beauty is rarely seen now. Easily increased by cuttings in a cold frame.

    The second species of Cneorum is C. pulverulentum Vent. of the Canary Islands. By some botanists it is placed in a separate genus – Neochamaelea – as N. pulverulenta (Vent.) Erdtm.