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Sub family: Nolinoideae
Characteristics: Evergreen tree 20 m
Seeds per packets: 5
A great decorative feature tree with its spiky foliage is a hardy, long living evergreen tree has a crown of stiff rosettes of lance shaped leaves to 60cm long and 5cm wide.
Flowers are followed by orange berries in summer.
Native to the Canary Islands.
Adaptable to a range of soils and conditions but prefers a rich moist soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 22-30°C for this species.
General note: Seeds of many species are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.