16/01/2018 | 10:37:44

Hanoi plants maple trees

Newly planted red maple trees on a road divider on Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in Hanoi. — Photo courtesy: Hanoi Urban Green Tree Company Ltd

Hundreds of maple trees have been planted on Nguyen Chi Thanh, Lang Ha and Tran Duy Hung streets in Hanoi in the past weeks to increase the capital’s green space.

Speaking at a conference in the city last Saturday on the need to plant more trees, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc  Chung said with the development of the tree care industry, some temperate trees, including red maple, could be planted in Vietnam, reported Tien Phong (Vanguard) online newspaper.

“A year from now, we will be able to tropicalise red maple trees,” he said. “Their red colour will be preserved as when planted in the European climate zones,” he said.

Some experts, however, are concerned about the adaptation of the red maple tree to the tropical weather of Vietnam.

About 500,000 trees were planted in Hanoi by the end of 2017 as part of the city’s efforts to have one million trees by 2020 to improve the air quality and urban landscape.

The city expects to have an average green area of 8sq.m per capita by 2030.

Chung said people in the city loved growing plants and flowers on their rooftops and in balconies and hallways. - VNA

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