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Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 1:37 a.m. PST

Yesterday I asked a question about buying trees for the Middle East but I did not provide any background or context.

I am solo wargaming an imaginary conflict between European allied forces and the Ottoman Empire. These games are not location or time specific. They are set in the general area of the Middle East/Levant/Egypt during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. I am not refighting a campaign or battle or looking to recreate a historically accurate period or armies.

I would like to hear from anyone that has bought 25mm/28mm trees, other than palm trees, that would fit into that broad location and time period, acacias or cypress or olive, or just general trees of this broad description. Who was your supplier? Did you receive good service and good value for money?

Grelber13 May 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

Not quite your area, but the model train store in the big city an hour's drive to the north carried poplars which I bought for my Greek games. These came four or five to a box, like other pre-made railroad trees.
I'd like to add olive trees, but apparently this isn't exactly the most popular part of the world for model railroaders to recreate, so there isn't much by way of region unique trees at the train store.


bsrlee13 May 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

I think Noch make olive trees for HO railways, if not they have some similar trees – generic bushy hardwood with a light grey trunk, the leaves should be a dark green for olives and most model trees have 'grass' colored foliage, so may need a dilute coat of dark olive green over the foliage clumps. Although olive trees can grow huge when let go feral, they are often quite small when cultivated due to pruning which makes harvesting easier.

Poplars were (and still are) very common in the Middle East, being a reasonable source of timber where you don't have to cut the whole tree down to get a new hoe handle. They are commonly planted in rows along roads or water courses. Another staple of the Model Railway shop (or online shop).

ChrisBrantley13 May 2019 8:34 a.m. PST

Some other trees common to the less arid parts of the region (particularly Turkey, Lebanon, and Iran):

Oak,Cedar, Cypress, Sequoia, Juniper, Sweetgum (Turkish or Oriental), Hazel/filbert (northern Turkey), Pine (Pinus Brutia), Fig and Olive.

In the Caspian region of Iran – oak, beech, linden, elm, walnut, ash, and hornbeam—and a few broad-leaved evergreens

In Israel: Kermes oaks, Syrian junipers, Atlantic pistachio, Black mulberry, Olive tree, Atlantic pistachio and Sycamore.

Egypt: sant tree, sycamore, lotus, willow and doum palm.

Iraq: Oaks (Quercus brantii, Quercus infectoria, Quercus libani), pistashio, poplar, medlar (azarole or Crataegus azarolus).

Afghanistan: fir (himalayan), birch, poplar, ash, spruce, pine (several species), yew, and elm.

Saudi Arabia: 97 species, including 10 species of Acacia.

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