2011 International Year of the forest – the trees of our local forests (2)

The Oliba / Black willow (Capparis odoratissima) What makes the Oliba the most recognizable are the seed pods. These are brown on the outside, but after ripening they’ll burst open and advertise themselves with a bright orange-red color on the inside. Sometimes the seeds burst open at almost the same time, and then it looks like the tree is decorated with red-orange streamers. The tree is green all year round and needs very little water to survive. It prefers to […] Read more »