By Valeria HIraldo
Today we present one of them by the hand of the Kiri tree. It is native to China and also known as the Empress tree. Kiri means “cut” in Japanese, and it gets its name because its wood is not only highly valued, but also because pruning it frequently encourages its rapid growth.
In the original country, when a girl was born, there was an old tradition of planting this "tree of the Empress" in her honor. The idea was that its growth speed will also accompany the growth of the girl and by the time she is asked to marry, the tree could be cut down and thus its wood could be used for carpentry items for her marriage dowry.
And is that these impressive trees can reach 20 m in height so they have also spread throughout North America and Europe thanks to the ornamental and environmental characteristics that it provides. We leave you a selection of them:
1. Because of your CO2 consumption
It consumes more CO2 and produces more O2, than the rest of the tree species due to its large leaves and metabolic characteristics.
It captures almost ten times more 02 than another tree: an average 21.7 kg of CO2 and returns 5.9 kg of O2 per day.
2. The fastest growing tree
It is the fastest growing tree of all known species, especially in its initial stages, reaching a growth of up to 2 cm / day. It reaches a height of 6 m in a time of between 10 and 18 months.
3. Resistant to pests and diseases.
It is a very resistant species to pests and diseases due to its low content of oils and resins. It tolerates drought and fire very well, being able to fully survive temperatures of up to 425 ° C.
4. Able to grow in not very fertile soils.
Another of the most valued qualities is that it is capable of growing in poor soils, impoverished by overcropping, contaminated with synthetic substances or hydrocarbons. Thanks to this, it can be planted in this type of land to recover its properties by providing nitrogen and oxygenating them, due to the expansive action of its roots of vertical and deep development.
5. Helps restore substrates.
It attracts a large number of microorganisms and edaphic fauna (organisms that live under the ground) to a greater degree than many other species. This contributes to re-establishing the substrate ecosystem on the lands where it lives. In addition, it favors the permeability and water retention of the soil, like most trees but in greater quantities.