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Phillyrea spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Phillyrea Overview

A genus that comprises 2 species of evergreen shrubs in the Oleaceae family originating from the Mediterranean and now naturalised in the Canary Islands and Madeira. They have simple oval leaves and greenish-white clusters of flowers followed by dark coloured berries and they resemble the closely related olive. P. latifolia is commonly known as mock privet and when cultivated is best grown in a sunny position in well-drained soil. It can also tolerate salty air so is useful in coastal areas.

Common problems with Phillyrea

How to propagate Phillyrea


Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Phillyrea

Grown for their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.