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Large tree growing exceptionally over 40 meters in height, it sheds its bark in characteristic plates. Originally from Greece, its diffusion in Italy began during the Napoleonic era as a decoration of tree-lined avenues and it is now often found planted along irrigation canals, due to its ability to retain the soil with its robust root system. Its wood was once used to produce the nails used by shoemakers. It is often found next to wayside shrines for the shadow offered by its thick foliage.

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