The northmost olive / cork tree

Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 05:29 AM
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Jimmy
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The northmost olive / cork tree

Olive tree and cork trees are typical mediterranean vegetation but there should be a northernmost or a southernmost (like in the Kruger Park, South Africa, I visited the Southernmost Baobab in all Africa). Can you help me...?
 
Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 06:13 AM
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Sorry I don't have the answer, although I found this: http://www.taunton.com/kg/features/g.../olives/1.htm#

and you might want to ask your question at:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/
 
Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 06:33 AM
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Here are two references (in French, forgive the poor translation):

http://www.jardinsud.com/jardins/accueil.htm
The olive-tree zone […] covers all the mediterranean region, but varies with altitude. Olive trees tolerate temperatures as low as 15°C below freezing can grow up to 400 m high in the Oriental Pyrenee mountains, but only 150 m in the Aude, 850 m in Maritime Alps and only 500 m on the south Luberon. It's northmost limit in the Rhone valley is around Montélimar.

http://www.lacassagne.net/fr/culture.htm
It can be found mostly between latitudes 25-45 North, and only in the Southern departments in France. Its extension is limited by the cold, since it doesn't resist well to temperatures below -12-15°C. Its cultivation is limited by latitude and altitude
 
Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 07:02 AM
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Wow.

About 18 years ago, I was visiting the Lake District in England, and a local boy pointed out (I quote), the ``world's northermost cork tree.'' Now, which town was it (think think think),....

 
Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 12:25 PM
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Gosforth! It was in Gosforth, England that a youth pointed out the world's northermost cork tree. I remember the event because he had to say it 3 times before I could decipher his accent (it sounded like cock-tray). It was on a green by itself, pretty much in the center of town (near the church yard, I think). One has the impression that this tree is frequently pointed out to visitors.

Caveats: I have no way of knowing if the kid was correct. I am (only) 85% sure it was Gosforth. And this was almost 20 years ago. You should definitely try to confirm this siting before booking any flights...
 
Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 12:28 PM
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And...they have a website with a picture of the cork tree. Tadaaah!

www.btinternet.com/~lake.district/wc/chc1.htm
 

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