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Some remarkable plants
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Among the remarkable plants, the following, listed by increasing order of age, can be seen:

  • A beautiful collection of fifteen or so Eucalyptus, including one near to the Mas, which is around 140 years old. It’s the finest Eucalyptus camadulensis specimen in the Languedoc Roussillon.
  • Cinnamomum camphora ‘The camphor tree’, This is also the finest collection of Camphor trees (around fifteen trees) known to exist in the region. Located close to our orchards, they are planted on rich and deep earth and are today over 30 years old.
  • The collection of olive trees including more than twenty different varieties, including a few very local cultivars.
  • A rich collection of fig trees with 52 known varieties.
  • Cupressus cashmeriana (Kashmir cypress), a cousin of our Provence cypress trees. This is splendid tree which is an adult has blue foliage and a very weeping posture. It comes from the Kashmir.
  • A Wollemia nobilis (Wollemia) considered as the oldest and the rarest species in the plant kingdom still alive today and dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. It was one of the greatest botanical discoveries of the 20th century.
  • The Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn redwood), discovered in 1943. It is the sole surviving member of the Metasequoia species which dates from the Pliocene period and in this respect is considered a panchronic form (living fossils). A species which is dying out.
  • A Larix decidua (European larch),  a legendary conifer from the Alps which is rather special in that it loses its foliage during winter in order to be able to take the weight of snow on it more easily.
  • A Taxodium distichum or ‘Bald cypress’, which used to thrive  in Europe 8 million years ago but today is only found in North America.
  • A Pinus coulteri (Coulter pine) or ‘Widow maker tree’, This pine species has   cones which are heavier (2 kilos) than any other species. They measure 30 to 40 cm in length and can be quite dangerous when they fall hence the popular name which has been given to this tree.
  • The Davidia involucrata, is also called the ’handkerchief tree’, because of its wide white bracts suspended like handkerchiefs from all of its branches.
  • A collection of thirty or so different oak trees which have adapted to the Mediterranean climate.
  • A collection of grape types including more than 40 varieties of vine of which 23 are grown traditionally in the Pyrénées Orientales département for wine making.
  • A collection of a hundred or so desert cacti and plants, growing alongside one another in the ‘Xerophytic Garden’. A number of them are unique in the collection.
  • And of course not  forgetting the  collections of rare and ancient fruit trees (Cherry, Prune, Apricot, Peach, Apple and Pear trees etc.), which were planted in our Salanque orchards back in 2011.

And finally mention must be made of the ‘bio aquatic pool’, built in 2012, which for a number of summers provided us with numerous water lilies including the ‘Victoria régia’ (Victoria amazonica water lily), a plant from the Amazon with leaves of 1.5m in diameter.


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