Planting trees is a great way to improve your home. Trees offer shade, branches for tyre swings, the soft murmur of wind through the leaves. They give the landscape character and a sense of permanence. Many beautiful trees thrive on Ibiza. Here are six striking varieties that will add beauty and value to your Ibiza property.
Also known as Mediterranean pines, these are native to Ibiza and its surrounding regions. These elegant trees often grow in irregular shapes and can add a sculptural element to your landscape design. The glow of their yellow-green needles is one of the emblematic colours of the island and the rugged bark adds a rustic touch. Aleppo pines are best in a large space as they can grow to 25 metres. Their wide-spread branches provide plenty of shade.
Mediterranean Fan Palm
No Mediterranean garden is complete without a fan palm of the same name! These gorgeous, typical trees come in a variety of colours, sizes and leaf shapes so they are easy to incorporate into a variety of landscape settings. Even better, they are hardy and don’t need a lot of fussing over. Once they are established they can tolerate sun, wind and drought, making them a great choice for low-maintenance gardens.
These are fantastic landscape trees that cut a striking figure alone, and are excellent for creating boundaries or private areas within a large space. Cypress grow in a tall, narrow column with dense green foliage. They love the heat and sunshine of the Mediterranean and are easy to care for once established. Planted together, they form a lush evergreen wall.
The most characteristic tree of Ibiza, olives are slow-growing beauties that twist and gnarl into natural sculptures over time. They thrive on poor clay soil, and are drought, fire and disease resistant, which explains why they can live for hundreds of years. Olive trees are rarely more than 15 metres high, but they can grow to be several metres wide as well, so choose a space with room for them to expand.
Juniper — sabina — is the source of the heavy beams you see supporting the roofs of old Ibicenco country houses. It is also a wonderful decorative tree and produces delicious berries. There are several dozen types of juniper, ranging in size from shrubs to elegant trees, so you are sure to find something that is perfect for your garden. They also make excellent, economical ground cover as they are well-suited to the hot, dry climate.
This regal cedar is mentioned by name in several sacred texts, showing that people have appreciated its unique beauty for thousands of years. The cedar of Lebanon is typically 12 to 21 metres tall, but can grow to over 30 metres. The tree is pyramid shaped when young, but as it grows the branches mature into distinct layers, giving it a characteristic flat-top look.
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