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Erica arborea

La bruyère arborescente
Tree Heath

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

white

Flower size

2.5-4 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Linear,

Whorled

Height

to 4 m

Description

This heather grows on acid soil rich in silica, near the coast as well as inland.

The burl wood (underground wood between the roots and the trunk) is reddish-brown, textured, extremely hard and heat resistant. Formerly it was used to manufacture pipes. The burl wood was taken from a mature shrub, 30-60 years old, then boiled and dried for several months before further processing.

Flowers

The fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers are numerous with red anthers.

Leaves

Whorled cluster of leaves encircle the stem, Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Needle-like, in whorls of 3 to 4, dark green and hairless.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: brown with numerous seeds.

Medical

Flowering tops: to treat urinary tract infections.

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