Tag Archives: Canarias

A Baobab Tree Growing in Europe

Canarius | Tuesday June 17th, 2014 |

In the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain there is a beautiful African Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata), planted in the year 2000, when it was a few years old and 3-4 m tall. It is not exactly “Europe” but yes… this is still Europe!

This tree was purchased in Senegal, by the City Council. It is now adult and it is becoming quite large. It is flowering and fruiting since 2012. It is located in the commercial downtown, by the intersection between Calle del Pilar and Calle Suárez Guerra, close to the popular square named Plaza del Príncipe.

This is the only large baobab in the city, except the ones the botanical garden Palmetum de Santa Cruz, which are also adults but just a bit younger.

It sheds leaves for three or four months, chiefly between February and April. Its large white flowers are developed between July and September. In summer 2013 they were featured in a local newspaper, because they are truly attractive and people do notice them. This picture of the flower is from the article linked here.

Picture featured in the newspaper (see link above)

The latin name of the baobab is Adansonia digitata. It is a beautiful symbolic tree, able to attain a gigantic size. It is easy to cultivate in pots, as long as it is kept above 8 C and kept dry in winter, when leafless. Leaves are dark green, glossy and palmate. Flowers are an absolute beauty. The fruit is edible.

These are our pictures taken in May 2014, when it is growing the new leaves.

Adansonia digitata (2)Adansonia digitata (1)  Adansonia digitata (3)

Canarius is your web-based plant shop, with lots of unusual species available.  We ship worldwide, directly to your home. Visit THIS LINK and see pictures of our plants on the packing desk and learn more about what we ship.

El Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife – NEWS 2010

Canarius | Monday July 19th, 2010 |

The palmetum is a large botanical garden in Tenerife, specialized in palms.

The main website about the project has recently been updated, with insights about the history of the last few years and the new species planted.

About 500 palm species grow in the park, as well as exotic fruit trees, mangroves, baobabs and other unusual tropical plants.

El Jardín Botánico del Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Islas Canarias)

  1. INTRODUCCIÓN (Introduction)

    Click here for Part 1

  2. HISTORIA Y FUTURO DEL PROYECTO (History and Future of the Project)

    Click here for Part2

  3. LAS COLECCIONES Y LOS JARDINES (Collections and Gardens)

    Click here for Part3

Map of the Palmetum de Santa Cruz, from the website linked above


In our blog you can also find the VIDEO CLIP of the PALMETUM in JANUARY 2009


www. canarius.com offers more than 100 palm species in the in the palm section of the shop. New palm species are always sprouting in the palm nursery. We offer the best quality of robust plants with healthy roots. We ship to everywhere in Europe.

Jardín Félix – A private home garden in the mountains of Tenerife

Canarius | Friday April 30th, 2010 |

This garden is named Jardín Félix was started on a plot of wasteland in Igueste, a village in the Anaga mountains in Tenerife. Created by Phil Inkelberghe in 2005-2006 and wonderfully maintained by Thierry Jacoby.

The video shows how the garden was started from abandoned land, invaded by wild Opuntia cactus. Stone walls and rockeries were built and now a beautiful garden flourishes. There are palmssucculent plantstropical fruit trees, and native canarian species.

Some plant species shown in this video of this home garden in the Canary Islands:

  • Euphorbia
  • Yucca
  • Aeonium
  • Kleinia nerifolia
  • Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island
  • Aloe vera in bloom
  • Monadenium
  • Aloe ferox
  • Coccoloba uvifera (Seagrape)
  • Musa (Banana)
  • Mangifera (Mango)
  • Dracaena draco

Parque Botánico Maspalomas en Gran Canaria

Canarius | Tuesday February 16th, 2010 |

Parque Botánico Maspalomas en Gran Canaria

Nice botanical park of 12.000 m2, located Maspalomas, right at the bottom of the hill which takes you to Playa del Ingles, at the end of the golf area. It is open from 10:00-18:00h except from Sundays and holidays. There is no entrance fee.

Palm Honey Video – Miel de palma de La Gomera

Canarius | Monday February 15th, 2010 |

Great video, showing the traditional process of palm honey production.

You can buy different types of palm honey from the Canary Islands in the Honey Section of our Shop.

Miel de palma de La Gomera

La miel de palma es un sirope que se fabrica en la isla de La Gomera, una de las siete Islas Canarias.

El proceso es el siguiente:

  • Se cortan las hojas superiores de la palmera (Phoenix canariensis).
  • Se rebaja el cogollo hasta encontrar la parte blanda y blanca que forma la “médula” del tronco.
  • Se coloca un canal para que mane la savia que produce esta “herida” en la palmera.
  • El corte debe “curarse” diariamente al oscurecer para que mane la savia durante la noche. Si se hiciera de día, el calor del sol estropearía el líquido.
  • Al amanecer, el artesano recoge el líquido y lo hierve durante mucho tiempo hasta que obtiene un líquido dulce, espeso y negro: la Miel de Palma de la Gomera.

Se trata de un excelente alimento, de muy buen sabor y con muchas propiedades curativas y dietéticas. Las palmera no mueren por este proceso y cada cinco años, aproximadamente, pueden volver a ser convertidas en “guaraperas“.

La mejor época para la extracción es el verano y las zonas más famosas son las de Taguluche, Tazo, AlojeraEl Ingenio.

Jardin Botanico Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife

Canarius | Thursday February 11th, 2010 |

Jardin Botanico Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife

Still pictures of the Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife), with lots of close ups of exotic species. It is the oldest botanical garden in the archipelago, known all over the world for its beauty and diversity.