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Erica arborea


Erica arborea

(Tree hearth)


Botanical info: 

Tree hearth is an evergreen shrub or small tree that typically grows to 1–4 m in cultivation, but up to 7 m in the wild. It is one of the tallest species in the genus Erica. It is native to southwestern Europe, the Mediterranean region and northern Africa. Flowering  in May. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Nature of Women: 

        a. Tree hearth with thyme and savory are used as drink as a remedy for uterus diseases.  


Other uses: 

The wood, known as briar root, is extremely hard, dense, and heat-resistant, and is primarily used for making smoking pipes, as it does not affect the aroma of tobacco. The football-sized tubers are harvested at the age of 30 to 60 years. They are cooked for several hours, then dried for several months before they are further processed. The wood is also used for making jewelry, fountain pens and knife handles.


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