H03: False Olive, Phillyrea latifolia

This is a  member of the Olive family, Oleaceae,  It comes from the Mediterranean   and Asia Minor where , as in Spain, it rarely grows into a large tree, but in this country it forms a fine, long lived, architectural tree. It was first recorded in 1597. Small opposite glossy leaves, very dark on the upper surface, and clusters of small creamy-green flowers in June.

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