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Holm Oak

The Holm Oak is native to the Mediterranean, found on the north and south coast and many of the islands encompased  Found extensively near the coast with Spain being the only exeption where it can be found across the country. It is as much at home on both fertile and poor soils but does not tolerate poorly drained soils. A strong and robust tree growing slowly but steadily to 18 to 20 meters it has been of value for over a thousand years in the feeding of pigs for what is now known as Serrento Ham..It is a member of the white oak family, forms a rounded crown with a fairly short trunk and has small leathery leaves, typical of evergreen oaks native to harsh climates.

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