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Origin: South-eastern Europe
Botanical characteristics: It can be a large shrub or small tree. It is deciduous and has many thin and curved branches, red-brown when young. Leaves are small, needle-like, silvery green. It has an abundant and showy flowering in July-August with small pink flowers along the whole length of the branches. Flowers are grouped in cylindrical racemes, gathered in panicles about 10 cm.
Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It is cultivated as ornamental plant, even on normal, dry, sandy and stony soils. Full sun exposure.
Use: When it is shrub-like, it is used as a single plant, in groups or in mixed hedges, while when is tree-like is used alone or in groups on the lawn. It is excellent for gardens near the sea and ideal as free hedge and windbreak in exposed coastal areas.