Shrubs & Hedging

Deutzia x magnifica in full flower, next to the theatre area, May 2011.

Deutzia x magnifica in full flower, next to the theatre area, May 2011.

In addition to the shrubs listed amongst the hundred and twenty plus Specimen Plants  – those either found individually within the park, or regarded of great botanical interest – there are also many more examples of  smaller plantings of Shrubs and Hedging which are repeated features throughout the area, and which are worthy of attention. Below is a fairly comprehensive list which encompasses both these groups, based on my border by border survey of the park in 2011, later visits in 2012/3, and gaps filled in by referring to the new 2014 guide.  As mentioned previously, the plantings evolve and change over time, some may have been moved and others added, but as this blog develops I’ll add as many photos and profiles as possible – check the “drop down menu” on here…


Abelia x grandiflora, Abutilon x hybridum, Acca sellowiana, Acalphya wilkesiana, 

Bambusa vulgaris, Bauhinia tomentosa, Beaucarnea recurvata, Beaumontia grandiflora, Bignonia amarilla (to confirm), B.callistegioides, Bougainvillea glabra, Breynia distacha, Brunfelsia calycina syn. pauciflora,

Caesalpinia spionsa, Calliandra brevipes, Callistemon viminalis, Camelia japonica, Ceratonia siliqua (shrub & tree form)  Cereus peruvianus, Cestrum nocturnum, Chamelaucium uncinatum, x Chitalpa tashkentensis, Clerodendrum trichotomum, C.thomsonae (to check), Codiaeum variegatum ‘Crispum’, Codiaeum variegatum ‘Elegantissima’,  Combretum indicum, Coprosma repens, Cordyline australis, C.indivisa, C. terminalis syn. fruticosa, Corynocarpus laevigatus, Crateagus laevigata

Datura x candida (syn. Brugmansia), Deutzia x magnifica, Dicksonia antarctica (not found 2013), Dracaena draco, D.fragrans, D. reflexa (syn. Cordyline refexa)

Eranthemum nervosum, Euonymous japonicus, Euphorbia pulcherrima, 

Fatsia japonica, Fucrea selleoana,

Gardenia thunbergia, Globularia alpyum

H.arnottianus, H. coccineus, H. mutablis, H. rosa-sinensis, H. syriacus, H.tiliaceus

Jasminum azoricum, J.officinale,

Lagerstroemia indica, Lantana camara, Ligustrum lucidum, Leucophyta brownii.

Markhamia Lutea, Megaskepasma erythrochlanys, Monstera deliciosa,  Montanoa bipinnatifida, Murraya paniculata,  Musa spp.,

Nerium Oleander,

Odontonema tubaeforme

Petrea volubilis, Philadelphus coronarius, Phormium tenax, Phyllostachys aurea, Pimenta dioica, Pittosporum tobira, Pseudaranthemum laxiflorum, Punica granatum,

Quiscalis indica,

Ravenala madagascariensis, Rhaphiolepsis umbellata, Rondeletia odorata, Rosa sp., Russelia equisetiformis

Schlefflera actinophylla, Senecio petasitis (syn. Roldana petisitis), Skimmia japonica, Spirea sp., Strelitzia nicolai, S. reginae,

Trevisia palmata,

Yucca elephantipes

(See also “Herbaceous, Block Planting & Groundcover” section, some of these plants are repeated in drifts).

Monstera deliciosa, climbing up a specimen of Pinus canariensis.

Yellow flowered Strelitzia reginae in foreground; Blue flowered Eranthemum nervosum behind, with a background of Bambusa sp.. February 2010.


Whilst many of the shrubs mentioned above are found individually within the Parque, there are also many repeated plantings in hedge form of Cestrum nocturnum, Duranta repens, Myrtus communis, Nandina domestica, Pittosporum tobira, Schefflera elegantissima, Viburnum tinus.

Nandina domestica hedging, next to the Paseo del Parque, with impressive display of white flowers, red berries and bronzed foliage.

Schefflera arboricola hedging, inner section of the park.


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