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Care of the tree Persea barbujana or Canary laurel.

Care of the tree Persea barbujana or Canary laurel

The genus Persea, family Lauraceae, includes about 100 species of trees native to tropical regions of America, Asia and Macaronesia. Some species are: Persea barbujana, Persea americana, Persea schiedeana, Persea indica, Persea lingue, Persea japonica, Persea edulis, Persea caerulea.

Common names: Canary laurel, Barbusano. Scientific synonyms: Laurus barbujana, Apollonias barbujana. This species is native to Madeira and the Canary Islands.

They are large trees with a highly branched reddish trunk that reach 25 meters (82 feet) in height. The leathery, lanceolate leaves are glossy green; the young leaves are reddish. They produce abundant small greenish-white flowers. They bloom in late winter and spring. The fruits look like elongated olives and are purplish-black when ripe; the white seed is edible.

They are used as isolated specimens, in small groups and in alignments in public parks and large gardens. They are ideal for frost-free Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Persea barbujana grows in exposures of full sun and light shade. It does not resist frost.

The soil can be a normal garden soil with organic matter.

Water regularly waiting for the substrate to have almost dried up; They resist a few days of drought.

Fertilize with compost or manure in autumn.

They tolerate light pruning in autumn to maintain a compact habit, but it is not strictly necessary.

They are plants quite resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or fall.

Images of the tree Persea barbujana or Canary laurel

Persea barbujana
Persea barbujana
Persea barbujana