Why are the tree trunks painted white?
If you drive around Crete you will see many white tree trunks. You may think it is a typical Cretan way of tree decoration, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Decoration is one of the reasons why tree trunks are painted white, but the main reason is that the Greeks believe that the white paint ensures that bacteria and vermin do not affect the trunk of the tree.
They assume that the white-painted parts ensure that ants and other vermin do not climb into the tree. Because of the paint these little animals stay on the ground and they cannot attack the trees, this keeps the trees healthy for longer.