L'Ombre de l'Olivier

The Shadow of the Olive Tree

being the maunderings of an Englishman on the Côte d'Azur

06 April 2007 Blog Home : April 2007 : Permalink

Friday Olive Tree Blogging

This olive tree in Cambridge holds the record for most northerly olive tree I have yet seen at (according to Wikipedia) 52° 12' 29" (or 34" according to my actual google map picture - see here). Admittedly it is in a pot and the probably take it in on frosty nights but it is about 9° (or 1000 km) further north than the Riviera which is already at the northern end of the normal olive habitat. By the way it is worth pointing out that (thanks to the Gulf Stream, I guess) temperate latitudes in Europe are far further north than they are in the Americas or East Asia. The Riviera is slightly further north than Boston and about the same latitude as Vladivostok while Goose Bay in Canada, at just over 53° north, is just about 80 miles (130km) more northerly than Cambridge.

As always click on the image to enlarge and do look at my other olive tree blogging photos if you missed them.

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