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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 18, Issue 3 — May 1992

Trees and Urban Forestry in Beijing, China    (View PDF)

George V. Profous

Abstract: Management practices, nursery production, public preferences, historical development, and land use all influence species composition, diameter size and forest distribution in Beijing, China. Fourgenera(Populus, Sabina, Sophora and Robinia) comprise almost 55% of the trees inventoried. Since 1949, the greenspace cover of Beijing has increased dramatically due to a significant commitment by the municipal government. Older trees surviving from earlier planting eras are found off-street, primarily in older residential and institutional areas. Research is directed toward the use of trees for economical temperature, wind, and pollution control, as well as for aesthetic reasons. Legislation to protect old and historic urban trees was introduced in 1990 to supplement the informal regulations managed by the Bureau of Forestry and the Institute of Landscape and Gardening. Public support for tree preservation and planting is strongly rooted in Chinese culture and tradition.


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