To create a diverse forest we need a variety of trees. Here is a short overview of the tree species we are going to plant and support.
Nordmann-Fir (abies nordmanniana)
It is probably one of the most famous tree species and for many, the perfect Christmas tree that exists. Although this tree type was probably only discovered in 1835, it quickly became an integral part of our Christmas tree culture. In the forests of Central Europe it is only rarely found, because it is not classically usable for forestry. But we don’t want to use the Christmas trees in any way after we planted them in the forest and instead hope that they become a structural enrichment of the forest ecosystem.
Sessile oak (quercus petraea)
Who does not know them, the oaks? In former times they were usually the strongest and oldest trees in the forests around Berlin. One of these relics of past times is the Dicke Marie in Tegler Forst or the 1000-year-old Ivanacker Oaks. The mightiest of the Ivenacker Oaks has a trunk circumference at chest height of over eleven meters and a total height of 35.5 meters. The wood mass is indicated with 180 solid meters. This one tree stores about 230 t/CO2, and offers a home to many rare species.
Hornbeam (carpinus betulus)
The economic importance of the hornbeam is rather low today, therefore it has become rare in the commercial forests. The slow growing hornbeam is very suitable for very dense hedges, and so already the Celts put on hornbeam-hedges for the protection around holy groves. Probably it was also hornbeams that protected Sleeping Beauty for 100 years. In addition, the foliage is very easily decomposable and is preferred by earthworms, which improves the soil sustainability.
Lime (tilia cordata)
It is impossible to imagine our culture without linden trees, in many places they still mark the centre of the cities and villages, so here in Berlin with the street "Unter den Linden". They used to be the place where people came together for meetings, discussions and judgments. A rare beautiful tradition to honour these trees is the culture of Tanzlinden. The flowers are a valued food source for many insects and bee species due to its very high sugar content in its nectar.
Other tree species such as birch (betula pendula), aspen (populus tremula), red elder (sambucus racemosa), rowan (sorbus aucuparia) and many others will not be planted but their natural regeneration will be directly supported by fencing the area for some years.
You can help us plant more trees and diversify forests with our Little Forest Sponsorship! These beautiful, limited edition artworks are brought to you by amazing local artists, and for every artwork sold we plant 3 native trees in our forest on your behalf. They make for a fantastic Christmas gift while doing good for the planet.