Garden Tree Planting

In the new built areas around where we live in Shanghai, there is a lot of tree planting. It is done in a way that is quite peculiar.

Erik helps to lift the tree into position.

Erik helps to lift the tree into position.

Large trees are cut out of the ground in one place, and then moved to the target location by truck. The trees are then lifted into place with man-power and sometimes using freight-lifters.

Today Erik and Goran helped in the planting of a couple of linden trees in a garden near our house. The reason for the tree-planting this week is sad, almost tragic. 20 of the 200 or so trees that were planted last year – large trees that were re-planted into the gardens – have died during the winter.
Probably the root cause (no pun intended) is that large trees are re-planted but with a minimal root-system, so most of the roots are missing when the tree comes to the new location. We saw both brown-rot and white-rot in the dead trees, which may well have come into the trees through the damaged roots.

Dead tree. It was planted in 2012 but has already died. Probably due to root/replant shock.

Dead tree. It was planted in 2012 but has already died. Probably due to root loss/replant shock.

Incoming trees with a small root bundle

Incoming trees

Carrying in the new trees to the planting holes.All leaves have been stripped, to reduce water loss in the first weeks.

Carrying in the new trees to the planting holes.All leaves have been stripped, to reduce water loss in the first weeks.

All roots have been cut off at a diameter of less than one meter.

All roots have been cut off at a diameter of less than one meter.

I think it would be better to plant smaller trees where it is much easier to bring a more complete root system, and have more patience to wait for the trees to flourish.

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  1. Hi Family, I remember seeing such strange practices of planting almost fullgrown trees beside the streets in Sjanghai last year when we were visiting. What would be the reasen to do it this funny way? Just that you see a big tree at once you think? Is it their experience that younger trees die any way or are there more arguments for the Chinese to do it the way they do? That’s my quistion…