The trees of Margaret Island could possibly be the most impressive thing about the island, even though it has hundreds of years of history.
Trees of Margaret Island
Margaret Island – Budapest
GPS: 47.530046, 19.05141
The most impressive thing about Margaret Island, for me at least, the the uniqueness, variety, and magnitude of the trees there. They are gargantuan and glorious. If you find yourself in awe of magnificent trees, you’ll love the unique specimens this dendrological island has to offer.
Throughout its history, Margaret Island caretakers have been developing, beautifying, safeguarding, and propagating the zone’s many trees.
What I will do briefly here is name off some of my favorites, and I’ll list their GPS so you can find them too.
The VIRGIN SYCAMORE.
Nearly 40 meters tall and more than 6 meters in circumference. This tree is at least 190 years old and is one of the most expansive trees of its species in all of Europe.
I consider this the Gran Dame of the Margaret Island Trees.
GPS: 47.530046, 19.05141
The SEVEN LEADERS SYCAMORE.
This tree was destroyed by a World War II bomb strike.
Then seven trunks grew from the singular bombed out stump.
Today, only six of the original 7 trunks remain.
GPS: 47.527911, 19.047648
The OSAGE ORANGE MULBERRY TREE.
This stunning freak of nature, been growing horizontally since the great flood of 1838. The tree is one of only a handful that survived the massive flood that destroyed nearly all vegetation on the island. So obviously it is carrying some baggage.
GPS: 47.522976, 19.04795
The CAUCASIAN WINGED WALNUT TREES.
A tree with many trunks.
It originates from Caucasus and North Iran.
GPS: 47.533815, 19,050997
The VIRGINIAN BALD CYPRESS.
This 60-year-old tree has aerating roots that bend and twist above the soil. Its respiratory roots look like small columns above the ground.
GPS: 47.534083, 19.05108
And finally the most famous of the Margaret Island trees.
OLD OAK TREES.
Made famous for inspiring János Arany, one of the most famous Hungarian poets, to write about hem with such passion and love. Every Hungarian student has read about these trees.
(No GPS needed. They are all over the island.)
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