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  • Tabouria, Messinia
    Tabouria, Messinia
    • Papaflessas’ oak

      Papaflessas’ oak

      Species: Quercus pubescens (downy oak)

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The downy oak is common throughout central and southern Europe, and in Greece is found almost everywhere. It is one of the most adaptable of the 11 species of oak growing in Greece.

  • Kalamata
    Kalamata
    • The Mother Olive of Kalamata

      The Mother Olive of Kalamata

      Species: Olea europaea

      Subspecies: Olea europaea var. europaea

      Age: ≈ 850 – 2000 years

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

      Details: The species originates from the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) and is naturally distributed throughout the Mediterranean basin. This particular tree is considered to be the ‘mother’ of the celebrated Kalamata olive.

  • Holy Monastery of Saint Lavra, Kalavryta
    Holy Monastery of Saint Lavra, Kalavryta
    • Kalavryta Plane tree

      Kalavryta Plane tree

      Plane tree at Monastery of Agia Lavra

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: height 35 m

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 656/B/1986)

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Agios Floros, Messinia
    Agios Floros, Messinia
    • Plane tree at Agios Floros

      Plane tree at Agios Floros

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Age: 400 years

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 589/B/1985)

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Dozira, Arcadia
    Dozira, Arcadia
    • Oak tree at Doriza

      Oak tree at Doriza

      Species: Quercus coccifera

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

      Details: The kermes oak is an evergreen shrub, more rarely a tree, which is widespread throughout Greece. It is particularly tolerant to grazing and has often been described as the most important forest species on account of its many benefits.

  • Palaiochori, Arcadia
    Palaiochori, Arcadia
    • Plane tree at Dimitsana

      Plane tree at Dimitsana

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Vasilada, Messini
    Vasilada, Messini
    • Olive Trees in Vasilada

      Olive Trees in Vasilada

      Centuries-Old Olive Trees in Vasilada

      Species: Olea europaea

      Subspecies: Olea europaea var. europaea

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The species originates from the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) and is naturally distributed throughout the Mediterranean basin.

  • Holy Church of Saint George, Zacholi
    Holy Church of Saint George, Zacholi
    • The Seven Cypresses

      The Seven Cypresses

      The Seven Cypresses

      Species: Cupressus sempervirens

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The native range of the Mediterranean cypress is most probably from Crete and eastward. However, it appears that many cypress trees had been planted throughout Greece from as early as ancient times.

  • Kato Abelokipoi, Messinia
    Kato Abelokipoi, Messinia
    • Chaste Tree

      Chaste Tree

      Chaste tree

      Species: Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree)

      Dimensions: girth 150 cm / diameter 47.7 cm

      Age: ≈ 400 years

      Details: The species usually grows in creek beds throughout the Mediterranean basin. It is in fact a deciduous shrub that rarely takes the form of a tree, with a height of up to 6 m.

  • Kyparissia, Messinia
    Kyparissia, Messinia
    • “The Plane of Arkadia”

      “The Plane of Arkadia”

      “The Plane of Arkadia”

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: diameter 1 m

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Magouliana, Arcadia
    Magouliana, Arcadia
    • Magouliana Arcadia

      Magouliana Arcadia

      Plane tree at Magouliana

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: girth 6.4 m / diameter 2.04 m / height 20 m

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Molaoi, Laconia
    Molaoi, Laconia
    • Molaoi Laconia

      Molaoi Laconia

      Olive trees at Molaoi

      Species: Olea europaea

      Subspecies: Olea europaea var. europaea

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The species originates from the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) and is naturally distributed throughout the Mediterranean basin.

  • Holy Monastery of Vlassios Corinth
    Holy Monastery of Vlassios Corinth
    • Holy Monastery of Saint Vlassios Corinth

      Holy Monastery of Saint Vlassios Corinth

      Plane tree at Monastery of Saint Vlassios

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Holy Monastery of Malevi, Arcadia
    Holy Monastery of Malevi, Arcadia
    • Holy Monastery of Malevi, Arkadia

      Holy Monastery of Malevi, Arkadia

      Juniper forest

      Genus: Juniperus

      Size: 183 acres

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

      European ecological network ‘Natura 2000’

      In terms of its botanical importance in Europe, the 183-acre juniper forest is considered to be invaluable. Unsurprisingly, this unique habitat has been included in the European ecological network ‘Natura 2000’.

  • ‘Nafplio’s Olive Tree’, Nafplio
    ‘Nafplio’s Olive Tree’, Nafplio
    • The Olive Tree of Nafplio

      The Olive Tree of Nafplio

      Species: Olea europaea

      Subspecies: Olea europaea var. europaea

      Dimensions: height 15 m / girth ≈ 3 m

      Age: > 360 years

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 590/B/1977)

      Details: The species originates from the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) and is naturally distributed throughout the Mediterranean basin.

  • ‘Kapodistrias’ Palm Tree’, Nafplio
    ‘Kapodistrias’ Palm Tree’, Nafplio
    • 'Kapodistrias’ palm tree' Nafplio

      'Kapodistrias’ palm tree' Nafplio

      Species: Phoenix dactylifera (date palm)

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 590/B/1977)

      Details: More correctly, this is not a palm tree but a date palm. The species has been cultivated since ancient times, so its native range is not precisely known, although it was probably between Egypt and Mesopotamia. The species has been known in Greece since as early as Minoan times.

  • Perithorio, Arcadia
    Perithorio, Arcadia
    • Oak tree at Perithori

      Oak tree at Perithori

      Species: Quercus frainetto

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

      Details: The Hungarian Oak or Italian Oak is one of the most widespread and important oak species in Greece.

  • Holy Monastery of Saint Nikitas Sellas, Tryfilia
    Holy Monastery of Saint Nikitas Sellas, Tryfilia
    • HOLM OAKS

      HOLM OAKS

      Species: Quercus ilex

      Age: ≥ 430 years

      Details: Species of evergreen oak widespread throughout the Mediterranean basin.

  • Petrochori
    Petrochori
    • Olive tree at Petrochori

      Olive tree at Petrochori

      Species: Olea europaea

      Subspecies: Olea europaea var. europaea

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The species originates from the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) and is naturally distributed throughout the Mediterranean basin.

  • Arna, Laconia
    Arna, Laconia
    • Plane tree at Arna

      Plane tree at Arna

      Plane tree at Arna

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: girth 11.92 m / crown diameter 30 m

      Age: Centuries-old

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 178/T.A.A.P./2014)

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Kerastari, Arcadia
    Kerastari, Arcadia
    • Plane tree at Kerastaris, Arkadia

      Plane tree at Kerastaris, Arkadia

      Plane tree at Kerastaris

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: trunk girth 8 m

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.

  • Poliani, Messinia
    Poliani, Messinia
    • Papaflessas’ mulberry

      Papaflessas’ mulberry

      Papaflessas’ mulberry

      Species: Morus

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The species found in Greece originate from Asia. However, the mulberry had been planted across the Peloponnese since ancient times and it is even likely that “Morias”, the old name for the Peloponnese, derives from the Greek word for the tree.

  • Sidirokastro, Pylia
    Sidirokastro, Pylia
    • Sycamore maple

      Sycamore maple

      Sycamore maple

      Species: genus Acer

      Dimensions: girth 7.4 m

      Age: ≥ 3000 years

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 121/D/1980)

  • Astros, Arcadia
    Astros, Arcadia
    • Silver linden

      Silver linden

      Silver linden

      Species: Tilia tomentosa

      Age: Centuries-old

  • Filiatra, Messinia
    Filiatra, Messinia
    • Lelonis’ oak

      Lelonis’ oak

      Lelonis’ oak

      Species: Hybrid of the species Quercus pubescens (downy oak), of the subspecies Quercus ithaburensis subsp. Macrolepis.

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The downy oak is common throughout central and southern Europe, and in Greece is found almost everywhere. This subspecies has a limited occurrence in the East Mediterranean (from Italy to Syria) and in ancient times was the sacred tree of Zeus.

  • Chora, Messinia
    Chora, Messinia
    • Plane trees

      Plane trees

      Plane trees

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Age: Centuries-old

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastward as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC.

  • Platanos, Nafplio
    Platanos, Nafplio
    • The Plane Tree of Nafplio

      The Plane Tree of Nafplio

      The Plane Tree of Nafplio

      Species: Platanus orientalis

      Dimensions: diameter just over 1 m

      Age: > 200 years

      Protected Monument of Nature (Government Gazette 590/B/1977)

      Details: The native range of the species is from Italy eastwards as far as Iran. But it most likely originated east of the Balkans and appears to have arrived in Greece around 1000 BC, where it was able to adapt.