Arboretum enriched with trees
The arboretum will constitute the Expo’s green structure and will be an alphabetically organised tree, flower and plant encyclopaedia that you can walk through. The arboretum has recently been enriched with Black pines and Poplar trees among other. In the coming weeks our planting team will also set out future-proof chestnut trees, small potted Eucalypthus trees and Japanese cedar trees. All trees that are planted contribute to a sustainable, greener and healthier city and stimulate biodiversity. We have summarised five trees and their characteristics.
Black pines which carry the botanical name Pinus nigra capture a great amount of particulate matter with their evergreen needles. You might expect to see them in dry, sandy soil, however as it turns out, they seem to adapt nicely to the the heavy clay soil in the city of Almere. Our green team has also planted the Pinus sylvestris, the Pinus strobus that is native to North America and Pinus wallichiana that originates from the Himalaya.
In the P-section of our arboretum you can find the poplar trees. In the coming weeks the White, Grey, Canadian and Dutch poplars will be planted in order of height. This will create a nice landscape view. Only those that do not shed fruit fluff will be planted. Poplars already are common and a characteristic tree in the polder landscape of the city Almere and the province Flevoland.
Do you enjoy the sight of chestnuts in trees or like to collect those who lay on the ground in the fall? Then you will be glad to find out we will plant Autumn Fire and Dwarf horse chestnut trees. These will continue to grow and provide chestnuts after the Expo.
Another lane of trees to be planted is the Japanese cedar. In its country of origin it is considered as one of the most important forestry trees. However in the arboretum it mainly contributes to capture particulate matter and serves as a shelter for birds and other small animals. A firm tree which that can withstand harsh winds during winter.
Last but not least our green team will plant Eucalyptus trees. These Australian trees might seem to be the odd one out, considering the warm and dry climate in its country of origin. However, thanks to the mild winters we have had in recent years, they have been surviving better and better. They grow up to 2 metres a year, which makes them fast-growing forest trees. Ecologically, these trees from ‘Down Under’ have less to offer. Their essential oil, on the other hand is highly valued.