“Sabina Mora” or “Barbary arbor-vitae”.
North Africa and South East Spain.
MAP LOCATION: 58
A tree valued for its hard wood used in furniture making, and for the resin sandaraca, produced from its timber, which is utilised for varnish, and for medicinal purposes – historically by the Egyptians for embalming. Slow growing, possibly up to 15m, it is an undemanding tree which copes well in hot, dry conditions. The twigs are jointed and flattened, with four rows of small scale like leaves. It displays a single whorl of four woody cones which helps distinguish it from other conifers (see photos above and below).