Tagasaste was first grown in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in 1879 from seeds shared by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Grown in its native habitat of the Canary Islands as a windbreak and for animal fodder, farmers in both Australia and New Zealand have also utilised this fast growing tree for its ability to provide shelter and animal fodder in a wide range of climates and conditions. The graceful, slightly weeping habit of Tagasaste and masses of white bee attracting, fragrant flowers makes it well suited as an ornamental feature tree or hedgerow. Its dense timber is ideal for woodturning and firewood.
Full sun, prefers sandy soil but thrives in gravels and other arid soil types. Must be well drained to prevent infection from root-rot fungus. Extremely drought and frost tolerant.