the trees shown in the image grow near the small church in my village where I’ve been living for four years now. In the beginning I did not notice that there might be something special about them.
As time went on I observed that two of the trees were already in full leaf before all the other trees and shrubs around had even started to come into leaf. I asked myself if they were only more responsive to the warm rays of the spring sun than the other trees, or if they were evergreen. I could not imagine that because, until then, I had not heard of trees in central Europe that kept their leaves during the cool season, except for the broad range of conifers.
During the following winter I kept a close eye on them. They remained green although there was snow for several weeks and freezing temperatures until Easter. When spring came, the foliage was less dense and the leaves showed signs of necrosis, but it was obvious that the trees itselves had remained unharmed. I searched the internet and found out that there is indeed one evergreen oak species growing in central Europe.
The current winter is unusually mild, with little snow and minus temperatures for only a couple of days so far. The trees look healthy and beautiful.
I do not know the purpose of the evergreen characteristic of these trees – is it only for pleasure, a kind of ‘freak of nature’? Or is it part of natural balance which cause or relation I do not comprehend, or which mission is not accomplished yet?
Thank you for being different, Oscar.
May you remain the exceptional person we all got to know.