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James Kilkelly, was GPI.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: Native Irish Trees — List of Trees Native to Ireland Reply with quote

Native Irish Trees — List of Trees Native to Ireland
by GPIClick on the links to our native trees below…

The native oaks, Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) and Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur). 

Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) 

Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) 

The native birches, Silver Birch (Betula pendula) and Downey Birch (Betula pubescens) 

Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) 

The native cherries, Common/Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) and
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) 

Aspen or Trembling poplar (Populus tremula / tremuloides) 

The native willows, Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Grey Willow (Salix atrocinerea), Bay Willow (Salix pentandra) and Eared Willow (Salix aurita) 

Mountain Ash or Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) 

Whitebeam (Sorbus hibernica) 

Crab apple (Malus sylvestris) 

Yew (Taxus baccata) 

Juniper (Juniperus communis) 

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) 

Blackthorn/Sloe (Prunus spinosa)

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

Killarney Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)

Plant trees native to Ireland.
Do you have a wish for the upcoming gardening year?
Perhaps you would like a warm summer for your roses or maybe you would prefer a sharp cold snap in autumn to ignite the fire within your trees leaves. Personally, if I could have one wish for the upcoming gardening year I would wish for every garden owner to plant a native tree. Planting a tree native to this country of ours would be great addition to any garden, however, planting a tree native to your own particular region would be the horticultural equivalent of preserving an endangered species.

So, what is a native tree?
It is a tree which occurred naturally in an area without being introduced by man. Our native trees grew wild here and evolved naturally prior to outside contact. They have developed in conjunction with the surrounding plant life, animals, fungi and microbes. This creates an ecosystem, sort of like a happy town filled with the townspeople of the animal, plant, and insect kingdom, all slotting into their individual places in natures hierarchy. In fact, a native tree is the ideal candidate to provide food and shelter for our native wild animals, all the while manufacturing oxygen for animal and human alike.

The native advantage
During its evolutionary period, a native tree will have adapted to the climate, exposure and soil type particular to your area. Imagine that, a tree that actually prefers your locations possibly sticky soil and windy rain-swept location, when all the while you may have been struggling in vain to force some foreign trees to grow in a position they despise.

Native trees from our past
Our native trees provided the early Irish with fuel, food, shelter, building materials and on occasion certain trees became elevated to level of deity due to their supposed magical attributes. The native tree became a gift from Mother Nature to these early gardeners.

Which trees are native, which are blow-ins.
Now I know there are many people out there including gardeners who may not be able to pick out which trees are native and which trees are blow-ins, so I have a plan. My plan is to introduce you to these native trees, they have survived invaders, famine, battles and storms to become the original Irish trees, which our ancestors knew.

This might help……


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Also try here…… Best Tree Identification Books

Related posts…
Native Irish Shrubs — List of Shrubs Native to Ireland. 


About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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