An arresting species, with big, shallowly lobed, thick textured, dark, semi-evergreen leaves, pale glaucous on the underside, and impressive deeply fissured bark. This makes a large, imposing tree eventually, with an upright but full, broadly rounded crown. Not from the Canaries, but hailing from Spain, S Portugal and N Africa. Easy on most soils and fully hardy, this is perfectly suited to a warming and drying climate. This form from SW Portugal is a little different to the commonest form in UK cultivation.