A walk in the vicinity of Vieil Aiglun (Old Aiglun village) allows you to discover plants that are typical of the Mediterranean climate of our region.
Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) and Pubescent Oak (Quercus pubescens)
The holm oak, also called "yeuse" in Provence, or "false holly" oak, is a common species in the Mediterranean region. It is an evergreen tree with glossy almost thorny foilage to resist drought. It is at the limit of its range for natural growth here.
The downy oak or white oak (downy branches), is more common than the holm oak in colder areas. It has very sharp leaves which, once dried out, persist until the following spring. Its hardwood is highly valued for carpentry and solid-fuel. It is also known to secretly harbour truffles in its roots.
Prickly Juniper Tree (Juniperus oxycedrus) and Common Juniper Tree Tree (Juniperus communis)
Both junipers have prickly needles, but those of the Prickly Juniper have two white stripes, those of the Common Juniper only one. Only the berries of theCommon Juniper are edible; it is found throughout France. Prickly Juniper is a typically Mediterranean species from which an oil is extracted by distillation and used for its healing, antiseptic and disinfectant properties.