What trees to plant in the City?

What trees to plant in the City?

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By Ricardo Barbetti

Where the city of Buenos Aires is now, more than thirty-five species of trees existed for thousands of years. There are still a few left.

Trees adorn, shade and purify the air, but they also do much more than that: they provide one of the few opportunities to have experiences with nature in the city, which is otherwise an almost total enclosure in artificial products.

Although in cities it is easy to forget, the human being originated in nature (not between cement and machines) and that is why the most appropriate environment for people is the natural environment. Not only in terms of the composition of the air, but also in what is seen and heard. Hearing the noise of the traffic is not the same as hearing the noise of the wind between the branches and the song of birds in freedom and crickets. Seeing only walls and cars is not like seeing majestic trees, moving birds, and the colors of butterflies and flowers.

Where the city of Buenos Aires is now there existed for thousands of years more than thirty-five species of trees. There are still a few left. Some are very well known: seibo, ombú, but of the other thirty-something almost no one suspects their existence. Many have very showy flowers. These trees are the most suitable for native species of birds and butterflies to eat and reproduce. They all grow well in the climate of the region. And they will not transform into invasive pests because there are insects specialized in eating the seeds. For all these reasons and many others, it is very good to plant native species of trees. And so people can learn to know them.

Sometimes the objection to planting them is that the nurseries in general do not have them. But if the nurserymen are commissioned to produce them and paid to do so, they are not going to complain and you can have as many native trees as you need. And there are already more than ten nurseries that produce native trees.

Another objection is that they are not traditional as sidewalk trees. This assumes that planting "paradises", bananas, ash trees, etc., is "traditional". But that is not tradition, it is routine, custom, copying, it does not deserve so much appreciation.
Ash, etc., are also said to be hardy. True, but many of the native species are hardy.

So, that the nurseries have them, it is routine to plant them and they are resistant, are they enough reasons to continue planting and recommending planting: ash, which is a very serious invasive pest; paradise, which is declared a national plague; banana, which causes allergies and is too big for sidewalks; Privet, ligustrina and mulberry, which are very serious invasive pests and make you dirty?

They are also recommended tipa, which is huge and in this climate many fall with the storms, ibirá pitá that is immense, tree of heaven and tree of gold that are invasive pests.

And is it a reason for not planting native species that few nurseries currently have them and that it is not customary to plant them? I clarify that my interest is because it would be very good to plant the native species of trees. There are already experiences that they grow well on the sidewalks. I am NOT interested in attacking or criticizing anyone, I have no political motives. But the Secretary of the Environment of the city government mentions only one native species for the sidewalks: the seibo, to ban it! I ask you to look: there are many seibos on the sidewalks, they grow and flourish well and do not cause problems. Someone wrote somewhere that seibo is useless for the sidewalks and since then that prejudice, that superstition has been propagated.

The entire list of trees allowed by the City Government's Secretary of the Environment is of species originating from other regions and especially from other continents.

To some it may seem like a worthless whim to say that it is very good to plant native tree species. I ask them to reflect, to try to see what is true and important in my proposal. And take into account that:

When man moves away from nature, he hurts himself.
What happens to animals and plants will happen to humans.
Modern culture exterminates nature and replaces it with technology or by mixtures of species brought from everywhere, this brings destruction and disorder for human beings.
On the other hand, if we take care of, protect and respect nature, we will be able to be well.

* Ricardo Barbetti
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Video: What happens if you cut down all of a citys trees? - Stefan Al (July 2022).


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