Natural heritage of Alaró
Town heritage is not only measured by the hoarded architectural and cultural elements -undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions Alaró offers-, but also for the preservation of its environmental legacy. It is highly recommended to treat these trees with respect, as local people do..
Son Fortesa oak wood
Magnificent oak wood (Quercus ilex) where we find oaks of around 300 or 400 years old. Some its trees go up to 30 meters high and 5 meters of circumference in their crown. This small oak wood of around 10000 m2 is protected since 2001, belongs to the piece of land of Son Fortesa and is found on the road that goes from Alaró to Lloseta. This small oak wood is preserved as it still is used for fattening and pasturing of the native black pig. There are some benches between the road and the wall that invite the stroller to enjoy the beauty of the place.
Son Guitard pine tree
Son Guitard pine tree is an extraordinary white pine (Pinus halepensis) for his age and size, well known and loved by the people of Alaró. Facts about the tree: 23 meters height, 4.50 meters circumference and age between 250-300 years. Its name is given by the houses where it is found, the farmhouse of Son Guitard, and it is protected and registered since 1992.
Eucalyptus of Sa Bastida fountain
This Eucalyptus (Eucaliptus globulus) is an spectacular and healthy specimen of a foreign tree, not very common in the Balearic Islands. The tree is around 18 meters high and has more than 2 meters of trunk diameter. It is found next to the old orchard of Sa Bastida fountain and it has an estimated age of a 100 years.
Hackberry of Sa Bastida
The Hackberry (Celtis australis) specimen rising above Sa Bastida square in Los Damunt has an added value to its preservation, apart from being an exceptional Hackberry specimen, it is also part of the living history of Alaró as in this space the leaders of town met to decide about the future of the village. It is supposed to be 200 years old, it is around 8 meters high and has a circumference of 2.60 meters.
Plane trees of s’Escorxador
A group of Plane trees (Platanus orientalis) of a considerable diameter and height is found next to the old slaughterhouse -Mallorcan Escorxador-, now reconverted into a space for young people and musicians. Some of the trees are more than 25 meters high and their trunks have between 1.65 and 3.70 meters of circumference.
Elm tree from Casa d’Amunt
Singular specimen (Ulmus minor) with 80 centimeters of trunk diameter and 18 meters high found among other specimens in a small elm wood of the Casa d'Amunt, in the hamlet of Es Clot d'Almadrà. These are scarce examples of small woods that have not been affected by Dutch elm disease (Graphium ulmi), a plague that is ending with most of the European elms.
Black poplars, elms and plane trees of Son Fortesa
This is an outstanding group of riverside trees, very scarce in town: black poplars (Populus nigra), elms (Ulmus minor) and plane trees (Platanus orientalis) in the route to Orient through the estate of Son Fortesa.
The elm wood was gravely affected by Dutch elm disease (Graphium ulmi) and now is under a recuperation process as elms are now rare and scarce specimens. This does not only happens in Alaró but around all the island, where it has become essential maintaining and recuperating the surviving elm trees.