Krasnodar, 4 June – Yug Times. About two dozen tree species are known to be common for Krasnodar. The most frequent species are oak, white acacia, ash-tree (two species), ash-leaved maple, and plane-tree.
In the Soviet period, Lombardy poplar was an ubiquitous tree species, because its sapling cost only 16 kopecks. It was much because of this species that by 1965 the verdure norm – 12.5 sq m per capita – had been fulfilled in the city’s then new residential community of Cheremushki. But Lombardy poplar is not a long-living tree. By 2006, the age of the poplars planted in Cheremushki had exceeded forty years, and they were old and rotting trees, dangerous for the people.
Initially, the plan for Stavropolskaya street was to substitute poplars with oaks – but it did not happen: an oak needs a large clod of earth, weighing about 200 kg, and a lot of space to grow. Now decorative plums and lindens have been planted on the place of the poplars. As for the municipal budgeting for landscaping, they are curtailed every year. Say, the rejecting of hazardous trees has not been properly done in the city parks since 2011.
According to the City Landscaping Department, about 40,000 trees have been planted in Krasnodar since 2006. Annually, about 5,000 to 6,000 trees are planted. However, these trees are still very young and small. Say, there are 300 lindens planted at Lukianenko street. But the peculiarity of this tree species is that it for four years adapts to a new place and begins growing only during the fifth year.
Currently there are over 3 million plants within Krasnodar’s municipal boundaries, with about a million inside the city, another million in is woodland belts, and one million at dachas and private households.
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