“Grows from a shrub into a small to medium-size tree with a very dense branching and round crown to around 15 m but usually no more than about 10 m tall. The young twigs are conspicuously purple coloured which contrasts nicely with the dark green glossy leaf. The leaves are smaller and distinctly narrower than the species. This is the only way it differs from P. lusitanica. Thanks to the firm, leathery leaf, the tree is very wind resistant and can also tolerate sea wind. In 1893 it was described as a natural form (forma) of P. lusitanica. Suitable for use in parks and gardens, solitary or in groups. Needs protection against cold, drying wind.”