ESCAPE FROM INDUSTRY TO NATURE: EUROPEAN TREES13 May 2020
Chasing the tree across the world, our blog focuses on Pyrenean Oak, Wild Privet, Wayfaring Tree and European Hornbeam. This journey’s new destination is Europe in May.
Evergreen Pyrenean Oak
Among this month’s trees, Pyrenean Oak is also known as Quercus Pyrenaica in Latin. Although Pyrenan Oak’s hometown is Southwestern Europe, this tree is very rare throughout the Pyrenees mountain range across Franch-Spanish border. Pyrenean Oak grows very slowly but eventually reaches up to 20 m. in height. Its leaves change their color to brown in winter and stay until spring. Also, it is grown as an ornamental tree and used as a decorative element in parks and gardens.
Strong and Sharp: Wild Privet
Also known as Ligustrum Vulgare in Latin, Wild Privet is commonly found in Southern Europe. It has the form of a shrub and can grow up to 3 meters in height. Its branches are very smooth and delicate. Wild Privet is semi-evergreen, and its fruits give off a strong and sharp odor. Resembling grapes in shape, these fruits are poisonous and dangerous for humans.
Lovely and White: Wayfaring Tree
Known as Viburnum Lantana in Latin, Wayfaring Tree is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean strip of Southern Europe. Growing up to 2-7 m. in height, this tree has the form of a shrub and loses its leaves in the wintertime. It has elliptical, dark green leaves and white buds. It grows in calcareous soil, on rocky and dry hillsides. The necessary altitude ranges between 1000- 2000 m.
Shadow Tree: European Hornbeam
Known as Carpinus Betulus in Latin, European hornbeam is our last guest for May. Growing up to 15-20 m. in height, European hornbeam grows rapidly in mild climates and requires an altitude of 600m. A shadow tree, European hornbeam loves soft and damp soil. Its roots grow laterally and used for landscaping purposes.
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