Bees are insects that perform a fundamental service for terrestrial ecosystems: pollination. Pollen is transported from one plant to another, making it possible to fertilize a plant essence of the same species and the consequent production of seeds and fruits. Thanks to the evolution of living species and their extraordinary ability to adapt to the cycles of nature, plants and animals have developed an increasingly refined ability to coordinate harmoniously to ensure crossing and fertilization between different plants.
Without the work of bees, plants would no longer be able to reproduce and consequently many plant species together with their fruits would become extinct.
In the beleafing tree planting campaigns, in addition to the 4 non-deciduous species, 4 tree species were selected that favor the work of bees and consequently biodiversity.
By choosing one of these trees for our garden we would help the survival of bees but also ours! These plants, in fact, thanks to the colors and smells of their flowers, attract these small insects that, flying away, then drop small particles that go to deposit on other flowers, thus giving the species the possibility to reproduce.
The plants that can be booked in the beleafing countryside are: chestnut, wild cherry, dogwood and linden.
- The chestnut is a native, deciduous species with a majestic arboreal bearing, bred both for the fruit and for forestry purposes. Widespread up to an altitude of 800 meters over the Alps, but also up to 1300 meters over the Apennine arch. Its flowering occurs in July and prefers acid or subacid, loose, fresh and deep soils, it should be planted in autumn. Being a heliophilic species, it needs excellent sun exposure. The whole stem is impregnated with tannin, while the branches, especially the young ones, contain much less, it is a natural preservative, which makes the wood very durable to atmospheric agents and biotic attacks and is extracted for tanning and other applications. This is also a sought-after species also for the production of chestnut honey which is characterized by an amber color and a bitter taste.
- The wild cherry is a fruit tree belonging to the Rosaceae family, widely cultivated throughout Italy, from north to south. Its flowering takes place between April and May. In the case of newly planted cherry trees, it is essential to wait for the following year before proceeding with interventions aimed at conforming the crown and stem; this is to give the young seedling time to “acclimate” and overcome the transplant stress.
- Dogwood is a fruit shrub, often spontaneous, deciduous whose flowering takes place in March. It loves cool, shady and calcareous soils. Hers is a rustic shrub with low maintenance needs; it bears any cut well, but if we want to keep it in its natural form, it is good to touch it as little as possible and at the end of winter remove only the broken and out of shape branches. Very beautiful ornamental plant, it produces small red fruits that are processed not only for fruit juices and jams but also for drinks or as a flavoring for some types of alcohol such as grappa. Hardwood (the hardest in Europe) is also used for the production of pipes. In the past it was used for the manufacture of machine parts subject to heavy wear (eg spokes and wheel teeth) and for lathe works.
- The wild linden is a deciduous, indigenous species, widespread in Italy mainly in the central north, but also present in Campania, Basilicata and Calabria, up to 1400 m of altitude. Flowering occurs in the months of May and June. It has little maintenance needs, but beware of the root system which is quite aggressive and can cause problems with plumbing. The lime tree is very famous as an original source of salicylic acid (the precursor of aspirin), and used for thousands of years to relieve joint pain and as an antipyretic, thanks to the therapeutic properties of its bark.
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