The most common wild trees of the deciduous, hardwood type found further north are the birch, the alder, the aspen and the rowan, which do not exactly compete with the broadleaf trees of the Central European type found here. The southwest is the mildest region of the country with not only some temperate mixed forest but also some actual broadleaf ones, woodlands with trees such as wild maples, linden trees, ash trees and even oaks.
The other day, we wanted to drink in a generous dose of colourful leaf therapy and visited the Ruissalo island to walk one of the trails in the nature reserve there. The ground was covered in a fabulous blanket of yellow maple leaves. We didn’t have anything like this off Helsinki where we lived before. There were some maples scattered here and there and even an occasional oak tree in our former neighbourhood but nothing to compare with this.