The Q&A Archives: Looking for sources for Biblical plants.

Question: Our Church is interested in planting a Biblical Garden at our new location. We are located in a climate very similar to that of Israel, so we suspect we should not have a problem. However we are finding it very difficult to locate any of the plants on our list. Among our top priorities are the following trees:

Ficus Sycomorus ?Sycomore Fig?
Quercus coccifera ?Kermes Oak?
Quercus macrolepis ?Tabor Oak?
Pinus halrpensis ?Aleppo Pine?
Tetraclinus articulate ?Thyine Cypress?
Cedrus libani ?Cedar of Lebanon?
Liquidambar orientalis ?Storax Tree?
Acacia tortilis, subsp. Raddiana
Acacia senegal

Do you have ideas where I can obtain these?

Answer: These botanical names are not coming up in my reference search among horticulture offerings, so I suspect that they are not commonly available, or that the names have changed. For example, note that Pinus halepensis (Aleppo pine) is common in the Southwest, but hairpensis didn't come up. Taxonomy is constantly changing names, so that might be the issue. I included other common names that came up. Good luck!

Quercus coccifera: no data found
Quercus macrolepis: as is
Pinus halrpensis: no data found
Tetraclinus articulate: no data
Cedrus libani: no data found
Liquidambar orientalis: oriental sweet gum
Acacia tortilis: umbrella thorn
Acacia senegal: gum arabic

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