That trees play an essential role in the well-being of our climate and our planet, we have known it since our childhood. It is thanks to these natural elements that the air we breathe every day can be filtered by all the pollutants it contains .
This is why their presence in our ecosystems must be preserved and guaranteed: they are the best natural allies for reducing CO2 and purifying the air. Among the many species of trees that can be found on Earth, there are some that can perform this vital function better than others. These plants have such advanced “filtering” capabilities that they are essential in any environment.
One of them, in particular, is almost a “super-tree”, which has interesting characteristics in many ways. In particular, it would manage to absorb up to ten times more carbon dioxide than the others. Let’s see what tree it is.
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Kiri, also known scientifically as Paulownia tomentosa , has made headlines for its incredible properties. It is a tree of Asian origin (China and Japan), imported to the West around the 19th century and widely used as an ornamental plant, both in private spaces and in public green spaces.
Its structure is both particularly robust and flexible, so much so that it has often been used in the manufacture of furniture, construction elements, but also objects and musical instruments. Another special characteristic is also its very rapid growth.
In just three years, Paulownia manages to reach its maximum level of development and can reach up to almost 20 meters in height. In this regard, in 2011 he won the Guinness World Record for “the fastest growing tree.” And it doesn’t just purify the air in the best possible way. Paulownia is also able to “clean” the soil in which it is planted and to intercept a large number of large dusts.
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If we put in relation the size, the growth rate, and the purification capacity of the Kiri, it is clear that all this has made this tree almost a symbol of the fight against climate change and global warming.
Its wide and thick foliage, in spring, is filled with beautiful pink or lilac flowers that make it valuable also from an aesthetic point of view, therefore very suitable for decorating environments.
A plant-rich in quality and in aspects essential to our survival: Kiri is thus a wonderful gift of nature from which we should all benefit !