The tree most associated
with Portugal has to be the
Cork Oak (Quercus Suber).
An evergreen, known as Sobreiros in
Portuguese, which are, under Portuguese law, highly protected.
The felling, pruning and
moving of a
Cork Oak in Portugal is only permitted, and
most often not, after the correct permissions have been
granted by the local authorities.
Such is the protection
these trees receive even motor ways have had to be
re-routed to avoid damage to them.