A very characterful small evergreen tree for Mediterranean effect. A rounded, dense, bushy little tree or large shrub, enhanced by the small, black-green, leathery foliage contrasting with pale beige bark on a trunk that eventually becomes deeply pitted, like an olive. Small white flowers in spring are borne profusely. Used in period plantings as it was introduced to the UK in the C16th. Fully hardy and very drought tolerant. It's difficult to describe quite how good this is.