Some wanderings around Spain

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Some wanderings around Spain

Post by tsharp » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:45 am

Susan and I had a chance to spend about three weeks in Spain during late October and early November of 2014. I occasionally took time measure some trees. Some of the larger examples of species seen are listed below.
Madrid: In front of the Prado Museum was this Deodar Cedar (Cedeus deodar[i)] pictured below:

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14.5' x 106.1', Shorter tree behind is 13.5' X #

For additional information about the Prado see:

When one tires of Goya, Velazquez, Rubens, etc the Royal Botanical Garden is next door.

Species measured in the Botanical Garden included:
European nettle Tree (Celtis australis) 6.8' x 55.1'
Mediteranean Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) 6.4' x 67.8'
Aleppo Pine ( Pinus halepensis) 9.7' x 83.6'
Field Elm (Ulmus minor) 7.3' x 77.6'

Pictured below is the fruit of the Japanese Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) located in the Botanical Garden.

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The next two stops were in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia in Southern Spain.
First stop was the at the Real Alcazar in the city of Seville
Trees measured in the various gardens included:
Blue Jacaronda (Jacaronda mimosifolia) 8.7' x 68.7'
Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) 1.9' @5' x 45.6'
River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis 14.2' x 93.8'
Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) 8'5' x #
One of the gardens was called the English Garden.
Southern pecan (Carya illinoensis) 4.8' x 80.5'
English Yew (Taxus baccata) 4.4' x 42.1'
Princess tree Ailanthus altissima) 4.3 x 75.7' (that's how it was tagged- it was an ailanthus)
Black walnut (Juglans nigra) 6.0' x 72.8'
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandifolia ) 6.8' x 49.1'

Another tree which was hard to ID is pictured below:
Cousapora delbata also known as Ficus delbata in the Stangler Fig group. Sorry no measurements.

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Next location was Ronda in Malaga Province. Very scenic town featuring the El Tajo Gorge on the Guadalevin River bisecting the town. It also was the next to last town under Moorish control with Granada being the last.

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From the bridge deck to the bottom of the gorge is slightly over 300'.

Trees measured in various small parks and plazas included:
Spanish fir (Abies pinapso) 5.9' x 41.4'
Deoda Cedar (Cedrus deoda) 12.6' x 98.4'
Judas Tree ( Cercis siliquastrum) 4.0' x 41.5'
Italian Stone Pine (Pinus pinea) 14.0' x 60.0'
Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) 5.4' x 38.7'

Bark of the Italian Stone Pine also called Umbrella Pine for its canopy profile at a distance.

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The drive between Seville and Ronda was most interesting. Several hillside "White" villages, extensive stands of Cork Oak forests, and the Sierra de Graalema Natural Park.

Some additional information about the park can be found here: ... zalema.htm

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The park is 127,000 acres and has been a Biosphere Reserve since 1977. It is in a karst area with the highest mountain at 5,426'. The park also has extensive stands of Spanish Fir(Pinus pinapso) although most of what we saw were young and possibly results of restoration efforts.
Cork Oak (Quercus suber)

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8.8' x 42.7'

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Re: Some wanderings around Spain

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:54 am

So you traveled all the way to Spain to see a walnut, a magnolia, a pecan and a tree-of-heaven? ;)

Gorgeous scenery! The bridge and waterfall look like the inspiration for Star Wars Episode I.

The deodar gets thick and tall even in the open. Do you know if the cork oak recovers after it has been "corked"? I assume it does, anyway, crazy colored wood. Native ficus?

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Re: Some wanderings around Spain

Post by Larry Tucei » Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:22 am

Turner- I hope I can travel around like you do someday. Love the photos especially the Deodar Cedar one of my all time favorite trees. Brian- Saw a TV special about the Cork Oak they harvest it and with special talented axemen they grow back and are harvested every so many years. Does not hurt the trees when done correctly. Larry

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Re: Some wanderings around Spain

Post by KoutaR » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:39 am


There is likely no native Ficus in Spain. Ficus carica ("common fig") is listed as "doubtfully native" but it was likely brought by humans from the east thousands years ago. ... Fk=7300000

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Re: Some wanderings around Spain

Post by Jess Riddle » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:26 pm


Always fun to see what you turn up in your travels. Thanks for sharing.


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