Photo Article: Quercus Faginea arrives at the Welsh Hovel as a present! Or is it accursed Frigana?

Tom Winnifrith Friday 4 December 2020


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This has made me laugh. You may remember that I have spent far too much of the past few years battling the accursed frigana plants at the Greek Hovel. I’ve tried poison, a strimmer but nothing will ever truly rid me of these beasts which can grow to 20 foot high.

Last year, heroic superstar olive harvester K took some cuttings back to England. I explained this to my neighbours who thought him absolutely mad. Had he hung around, they would have probably offered him some live rats, scorpions and snakes to take home as well.  But K planted his cuttings and, today, I received the present below whose Latin name is Quercus Faginea. It is about nine inches high and K says that I can plant it anywhere where there is no flooding. I am in two minds. 

Perhaps it will grow in the new orchard with my other trees. Okay it would bear no edible fruit but it would add to the variety and it would be a link with the Greek Hovel. And from what K says, it is actually Quercus faginea, a Portugues oak. But then what if it starts to spread and I find myself fighting frigana on two fronts? 

Ho hum. Portuguese oak it is. Joshua and I will plant it next week. 


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Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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