This example is from my garden at 420m above sea level in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. There are many of these exact same trees growing on my land in a drier part of the island about 120m above sea level.
These grow completely without irrigation in an area of very little rainfall. Id like to ID them so I can research them and see if I should be encouraging them or whether there are other better desert trees to grow.
The land was terraced possibly over 100 yrs ago and I suspect these plants were mostly put in by man to help hold the terraces soil in place, as they are often found at the edges of the terraces.
Thanks Assaf. I've looked at some retama images since your post and it does seem to look like these trees. Turns out they are an N fixer too, so I'll be encouraging them and maybe trying to grow some more.
Steve Farmer wrote:Thanks Assaf. I've looked at some retama images since your post and it does seem to look like these trees. Turns out they are an N fixer too, so I'll be encouraging them and maybe trying to grow some more.
My pleasure. These tree-bushes (an in-between, cause they don't grow much further than that size) are well beloved here. Give good shade, and require nothing, really, other than things not getting too cold - I think, though can't recall. The goats strip 'em hard, and they're happy.
definitely looks like a retama, Could be an acacia though....Take note of the leaf shape, number of thorns per cluster and if they curve in any direction. If Im not mistaken Retama's have a cluster of 3(could be confusing it for another because here in Texas we are buried in mesquite and other acacias) If I am correct they should all extend out from a single base. They should look like 1 thorn curved downward followed by an upward curved thorn and then a 3rd thorn curved downward just like the first <^> something like that only facing down instead of out! good luck with the ID
Location: Zone 4b at 1000m, post glacial soil...British Columbia
posted 4 years ago
Hi Steve! With flowers, it won't be a juniper or pine--different class of plants. Is there a neighbour you can ask, who can give you at least a local name for this plant, as something to start with? The flowers seem different in shape from the retama flowers.