When Tree-Planting Goes Bad: Twisted, Misplaced Trees of Death in Colombia

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Twisted Tree In Bogota From Bad Tree Planting - Photo
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Over the last decade, the city went through a major urban transformation. A series of public space and transit policies (BRT, car-free days) made it one of the greenest cities in Latin America.

The badly planned tree planting, however, took place in the 1940s. The intentions -- an attempt to address the lack of tree coverage in the city -- were good.

Unfortunately, fast growing species like eucalyptus, cypress, pine and urapan were selected without considering that, under Bogota's conditions, the first three have a high tendency of flipping over when they reach heights of over 20 meters and weight of over 12 tons.

Photo: Bogota Environmental Office.