Special trees

The south of Sardegna is closer to Africa than to Roma, Italy and therefore you have a special flora and fauna there. You can see giant African snails, many lizards, big grasshoppers and dragonflies. In higher areas you will see a lot of macchia and everywhere some special trees unknown from home.

Olea europaea, Sardegna, Italy
Olea europaea, Sardegna, Italy

Olive tree
Olea europaea

Visible all over Southern Europe the olive tree – producing nice olives and the base for good olive oil – was always a special tree for me. It looks great all you and is a symbol for the south. ‘A small house and an olive tree, to keep and feed my family, that’s all I need’ sings Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens).

Quercus suber, Sardegna, Italy
Quercus suber, Sardegna, Italy

Cork oak
Quercus suber

The cork oak is a special tree as you can peel it and produce cork – the one used to close wine bottles. You can best see this at the Giara di Gesturi where they peel and seal the trees to protect them from the wild horses living there. I never saw these trees before.

 

 

 

Arbutus unedo, Sardegna, Italy
Arbutus unedo, Sardegna, Italy

Strawberry tree
Arbutus unedo

A special beauty is the Arbutus unedo with its colorful fruits changing via yellow to red – that is why the tree is also called strawberry tree. The fruits in fact have nothing in common with strawberries but it is always nice to see one of these colored trees.

 

Quercus ilex, Sardegna, Italy
Quercus ilex, Sardegna, Italy

Holm oak
Quercus ilex

The holm oak drew our attention because of its huge acorn: in bright green while growing at the tree and brown when fallen down. The bark breaks into pieces when the tree gets older and then shows different colors.

Ficus carica, Sardegna, Italy
Ficus carica, Sardegna, Italy

Fig tree
Ficus carica

One of the fruit trees of the Mediterranean that produces sweet fruits and looks a bit shabby when they are not harvested. Figs can be eaten directly but are also often used for salads. For the people in India it is kind of a holy tree.

Punica granatum, Sardegna, Italy
Punica granatum, Sardegna, Italy

Pomegranate
Punica granatum

The pomegranate tree is also something that grows in this climate and attracts me because of the beauty and special shape of its fruits. They are used in juices or salads but be careful when opening the fruit to get the seeds: they disperse a lot of red color.

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Additionally there are many interesting bushes like oleander (Nerium oleander), myrtle (myrtus communis), juniper (juniperus communis) or lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus).

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