Motril’s Special Xmas Tree

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
By Louise Powell

MOT Highest TreeDid you know that Motril Port sports the highest natural, Christmas tree in the whole of Europe? Well, it’s true and it’s already lit up for the festive season.

For the second consecutive year the port has decorated and lit up a 40-metre-high monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria). There are eleven more of them in the port gardens, but this one is the highest; equivalent to a 13-storey building in height.

The tree has carefully been embellished with 12,800 Christmas lights, making up a total of 70 Christmas figures. But these lights are low-consumption ones which only use 1KW of electricity between them; in other words, one bar on an electric fire.

New York (Rockefeller Center) has a 25-metre Christmas tree while Rome (St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican) has a 21-metre one. Colombo in Sri Lanka has a 73-metre one, but it’s made out of steel, wire and plastic, so it doesn’t count. There’s a whole host of artificial Christmas trees all over Spain and Europe in the form of tall, illuminated cones, but like the Sri Lanka one, they’re not in the same league either.

This type of tree is known as a ‘living fossil’ as it can live up to 1,000 years, in fact, it doesn’t even reach maturity and produce seeds until it is around 30 or 40-years old.

(Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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