Holm oaks are native to the eastern Mediterranean but have long been naturalised in England. They are unusual for oaks because they are evergreens and have holly-shaped leaves. The ancient Greeks used holm oak leaves for a form of divination called phyllomancy. This was particularly practiced at the a grove of oaks sacred to Zeus at a sanctuary at Dodona. Oracles would sit beneath the trees and listen to the rustling of the leaves for messages and answers to questions. I've written more about divination using trees in my book Pagan Portals - Scrying.
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