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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

Flowers. May-July

Tall. Very Tall

Flower. small pale-green to yellow flowers grow in loose bunch, 15-20cm.

Leaves. a simple, smooth oval, 3-8cm long; bluish-green

Habitat. garrigue, dry rocky slopes, woods and thickets. The photos of red leaves (above) came from the hillside above Touët.

Fruit. tiny brown berries grouped in loose clusters; the thread-like brances develop thin, silky hairs that give the tree its smooky look. photo

Practical. the shrub was used for gargling and to stop bleeding, and for tanning and dyeing. The sap is highly toxic.