Wanted: urban trees for the future

Because of climate change, the trees in our cities are increasingly suffering from extreme heat and drought, while they still need to be able to handle frost as well. Which trees can deal with this the best? That’s what German researcher Klaus Körber spoke about in his recent talk at the Climate Trees conference.

Klaus Körber was one of the main speakers at Climate Trees. The conference took place at Batouwe Tree Nursery in June. As a researcher with the Bayerischen Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau (LWG) in Veitshöchheim, Körber is the driving force behind urban tree research in the south of Germany. More than 400 species and varieties were planted across a 10-ha trial garden during the past 15 years.

The LWG is currently studying 135 varieties for their suitability as future urban trees. The researchers are also looking at whether the varieties are easy to cultivate. An initial selection is already made at the trial garden, which is characterised by a hot and dry climate, lack of water and alkaline soil (pH 7.3). (..)

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