The Tree Atlas

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They include shrubs and trees, broadleaves and conifers. Some of them, like Black Hornbeam, Willow, Larch and most of the Pines, are known as Pioneer species for their ability to recover the soil quickly, other as Tamarisks are resistant to soil salinity of degraded lands in drylands while other species like Laurel, Oaks, Olive trees, Pomegranates are respectively symbols of success, strength, peace and unity of people, all relevant values in challenging climate change.

After being exposed, the young trees and bushes of the Living Chapel will be sent to people of good will to be planted in little gardens and recover portions of degraded lands of different Italian landscapes. Tree species like Strawberry tree, Judas tree, Laurel, Olive, Aleppo pine, Holm oak, Cork oak, Elm, Field maple will be sent together with shrubs including Shrubby thyme, Sage, Rosemary and Myrtle to degraded landscapes near coastal areas and surrounding hills still influenced by the marine climate. Landscapes of more inland areas located at the piedmonts and plains and hills of northern Italy will be provided with tree species typical of these areas like Linden, Wild cherry, Maple, Hornbeam, Hackberry, Ashes, Walnut, Black pine, Oaks, Adler, Hazel together with shrubs like Domestic rowan and Wilde strawberry. Degraded landscapes of mountain areas will receive trees adapted to live in colder regions as Larch, Beech and Willows.

References for information and pictures:

– Various authors, (2020). In: Online European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. FISE Comm. Publications Office of the European Union.
Available at: https://forest.jrc.ec.europa.eu/en/european-atlas/atlas-download-page/

– Rhs.org.uk. (2020). Available at: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants

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