Ancient, romantic and rare: the most special trees in Israel

A holiday for trees: Although the Corona is still here, and it is not clear when it will pass us by, the open spaces continue to allow free access to the general public, and it is even recommended to refresh and break a routine in these days of uncertainty.

Just for that, and in order for you to continue to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Israeli landscape ahead of the upcoming Feast of the Trees, the Nature and Parks Authority recommends the national parks and nature reserves that are suitable for this time of year, and the most special trees in Israel.

The Atlantic goddess in Ein Avdat

Near Ein Moore, one of the three springs that flow from the Ein Avdat canyon, an impressive tree of the Atlantic species grows, with an estimated age of 250-300 years. The Atlantic goddess is a tree that is able to live for hundreds of years and is difficult to estimate its age, because like olive trees, over time the tree trunk becomes hollow, making it difficult to count the growth rings or estimate its age in other ways.

The researchers speculate that the Atlantic goddesses are a remnant of a colder and wetter climatic period and these trees are a remnant of a large population that was common in the Negev Mountains. The Atlantic goddess in Ein Avdat gives a sweet secretion from which ants feed, and in return protects it from aphids, and even allows a hiding place from the sun for animals such as chamois and rock nap.

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In addition, there is also an Euphrates poplar grove, a large and impressive concentration of Euphrates poplar trees, a tree that is most common in Israel along the Jordan River. The poplars are especially beautiful in the shades of yellow in winter.

Atlantic Ella (Photo: Yulia Khaibuliev, Nature and Parks Authority)

How to get
On Road 40 (Beer Sheva-Mitzpe Ramon). The lower entrance to Ein Avdat is near Midreshet Ben Gurion. The upper entrance is about 5 km south
Wise Writers: Ein Avdat National Park

Opening Hours
Sundays – Thursdays and Saturdays: 16:00 – 08:00 Fridays and holiday eves: 15:00 – 08:00 (last entry to the place up to an hour and a half before closing)

The Goddess of Eretz Israel in Arbel

In the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve, there are three lookouts overlooking the lower and upper Galilee landscapes. One of them, and probably the most romantic of the three, is the lookout from Mount Nitai which has a solitary bench and these trees are impressive in size and beauty, from which you can see the clearest evidence of the Syrian-African rift that crossed Mount Arbel two about ten million years ago.

Opposite the lookout is the lost half of Mount Arbel – Mount Nitai, and at their foot flows the Arbel River. A more recent testimony to the history that took place in the area is a stone wall from 67 AD, a stone chain that rises on Mount Nitai and continues to its top.

On the site you can also visit the Arbel Fortress and the caves of refuge and even see the remains of the Arbel Synagogue. To the right of the observation point, you can also overlook the Sea of ​​Galilee. The goddess tree overlooks the Ginosar Valley, a valley rich in mangoes, olives and almonds.

Ella Eretz Israel (Photo: Sarit Dahan, Nature and Parks Authority)Ella Eretz Israel (Photo: Sarit Dahan, Nature and Parks Authority)

How to get
From the Tiberias – Golani junction (77), turn at the Kfar Hitim junction to the road 7717 Turn right at the turn to Moshav Arbel, before entering the moshav take a left and drive about 3.5 km to the site
Wise article: Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve

Opening Hours
Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 – 08:00 Fridays and holiday eves 15:00 – 08:00

Cypress swamps in the sources of the Yarkon

The marsh cypress (“Two-row taxodion”) is a large coniferous tree that originated in the swamps of the southeastern United States. In the center of the country in the Mekorot Hayarkon National Park, there is a huge and old detail, probably from the 1940s and about 15 meters high. The uniqueness of the tree is its rooting in the water, right in the middle of the Yarkon. The drying work done in the swamps in the area made the Yarkon one of the main water channels that pass through the place.

The marsh cypress is very suitable for the habitat in which it is located, and it is very rare to find additional details in the country, especially in nature, since this species is not local. The individual that grows inside the Yarkon is an unusual individual in size, and it can even be assumed that it is responsible for a number of smaller swamp cypresses that are on the waterfront in its vicinity.

In the complex you can also enjoy a walk along the Yarkon River, watch the flour mill to the ancient Mir that operated in the Ottoman period and participate in an independent plant and tree identification game that will operate in honor of Tu B’Shvat. January.

The Swamp Cypress (Photo: Daniel Di Cesera, Nature and Parks Authority)The Swamp Cypress (Photo: Daniel Di Cesera, Nature and Parks Authority)

How to get
The Mekorot Hayarkon Center is located on the Hod Hasharon-Petah Tikva road between the Yarkon Junction and the Sgula Junction, on the east side there is an entrance to the Baptist Village and the National Park
Write in Wise: Yarkon National Park – Mekorot Hayarkon Complex

Opening Hours
Sundays – Thursdays and Saturdays: 16:00 – 08:00 Fridays and holiday eves: 15:00 – 08:00

Winnie the Pooh tree in the Tel Dan Reserve

A 120-year-old Syrian circumcision tree, the oldest in the country and found in the Tel Dan Reserve – where it has become a symbol. The tree is located in the magical “Paradise” area, which is fed by the interest of the mound. The tree earned its nickname after a number of children who came to the place noticed that the hollow tree trunk eaten by insects and snails, reminiscent of the entrance to Pooh Bear’s cave, and this became folklore. Several years ago the tree underwent a restoration process that saved its life after it was hit by fungi and worms that attacked it and heavy rainstorms and winds that caused many of its branches to break. Today, although it continues to be slowly eaten, the wood is regularly maintained by the site staff with the help of iron rods and wood that support it.

In the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, you can also enjoy “heavenly springs”, streams and along them a well-developed tidal forest that is shaded all year round and rich in various climbers. At the foot of the trees cool streams of water flow, including a population of rare salamanders and invertebrates.

In addition, the site also contains rare and special archeological finds such as the ancient Canaanite gate and the Israeli gate – a remnant of the entrance gates to the city of Dan and the fortified walls from the Israeli period.

Winnie the Pooh Tree (Photo: Naama Mansfeld, Nature and Parks Authority)Winnie the Pooh Tree (Photo: Naama Mansfeld, Nature and Parks Authority)

How to get
On Road 99 (Kiryat Shmona-Restaurant), about 11 km east of the Fortress Junction. Near Kibbutz Dan
Wise: Tel Dan Nature Reserve

Opening Hours
Sundays – Thursdays and Saturdays: 16:00 – 08:00 Fridays and holiday eves 15:00 – 08:00

Entrance to the sites with pre-registration through the reservation system on the Nature and Parks Authority website. The website of the Authority must be updated regularly


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