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Hanoi to replace red maple trees along two major streets

Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 16:12 GMT+7
Hanoi to replace red maple trees along two major streets
Wilt red-leaf maple trees on the median strip of Tran Duy Hung Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi deputy chairman Duong Duc Tuan has approved the proposal of replacing all red-leaf maple trees planted on the median strips along Nguyen Chi Thanh and Tran Duy Hung Streets due to their underdevelopment.

The medians of the two streets in Dong Da and Cau Giay Districts have been landscaped with 262 red maple trees donated by a company since 2018, with the expectation that they would serve as beautiful and traffic-calming elements.

Nguyen Duc Manh, deputy general director of Hanoi Green Tree and Park Company, once said that this type of maple tree would change leaves in winter and grow well in summer.

After over two years of the pilot scheme, however, 119 maple trees on Nguyen Chi Thanh Street and 143 maple trees on Tran Duy Hung Street have failed to adapt to the climatic conditions of Hanoi, showing poor growth, according to the municipal Department of Construction’s review.

Of that, 45 maple trees died, while alive trees have had leaves wilt and branches become dry, as well as being vulnerable to pests and diseases, affecting the landscape of the streets, the construction department reported.

Wilt red-leaf maple trees on the median strip of Tran Duy Hung Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Wilt red-leaf maple trees on the median strip of Tran Duy Hung Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Therefore, the department proposed the municipal People’s Committee replace all of the maple trees with either 'Bang' (Terminalia catappa) or oil palm trees.

The replacement is expected to be carried out in April and completed before the end of the month.

Hanoi deputy chairman Tuan has approved the proposal and assigned the construction department to guide relevant units to implement the plan in accordance with the law.

Authorities in Dong Da and Cau Giay Districts are requested to publicly and widely inform the people about the maple tree replacement.

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