Chamrousse remarkable trees
A notable tree is a special tree because of its size, shape, age, botanical value or history. A subjective and unique criterion to each individual, but universal in the emotion it evokes. The identification and protection of these "old" trees is important for the preservation of our landscape and biodiversity.
The objective with a participatory inventory of remarkable trees in Isère (and in France) are to raise awareness of this irreplaceable heritage, often ignored or misunderstood, as well as to increase knowledge by formally identifying them to facilitate their preservation.
The remarkable tree is part of a history that a human community recognises as part of its heritage. The location and collective recognition of these exceptional trees is the best protection.
More than 15 remarkable trees in Chamrousse of various species, have been listed by the "Association de Défense des Habitants et de l'Environnement de Chamrousse (ADHEC)" in the national database of "Tela Botanica" and "France Nature Environnement".
In Chamrousse, the most remarkable softwood species are between Chamrousse 1750 - Roche Béranger and Achard lake:
- Cembro pine or its scientific name "Pinus cembra" also called Arole or Arolle: a tree characteristic of the Alps and the middle mountains as it grows at altitudes between 1,200 and 2,400 metres. The cembro pine forest is called a cembraie. It is a pine tree reaching up to 25 metres in height that can live 600 years. It takes 30 years to reach a height of 1.30 metres. Its particularity is that its needles are grouped by 5 while the other types of conifers do it by 2.
- Hooked pine or "Pinus uncinata": a tree from the mountainous regions of Europe that grows at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,700 metres. This conifer is similar to the mountain pine. It is a tree of 10-25 meters high, identifiable by its appearance and its asymmetrical cones, like pine cones, yellowish brown with curved scales in hooks from which it takes its name.
On the way to Chamrousse from Grenoble, don't miss the emblematic tree of Venon, perched alone on its hill. It is a sessile oak or "Quercus petraea" also known as sessile oak, trocheted oak, scree oak, male oak, black oak.
To find remarkable trees in Chamrousse, discover the document produced and published by the "Association de Défense des Habitants et de l'Environnement de Chamrousse (ADHEC)" on their website and their Facebook page, but also during their nature events
(only in French).
You can also submit your remarkable find to the online participative inventory of remarkable trees in Isère by France Nature Environnement (FNE ex FRAPNA).