|Hải Phòng City has planted 919 out of 1,045 camphor trees. — Photo zing.vn|
HẢI PHÒNG — More than 1,000 camphor trees (also known as camphorwood, camphor laurel or cinnamomum camphora) are being planted on Phạm Văn Đồng Street.
The street is known for thousands of beautiful poinciana trees, which have long become the symbol of the northern coastal city of Hải Phòng.
The city People’s Committee recently approved the project of planting 1,045 camphor trees with an investment of VNĐ12.6 billion (US$554 million).
On Thursday, a representative of Hải Phòng City Department of Construction said the initiative to plant camphor trees on Phạm Văn Đồng Street, which connects the city centre with Đồ Sơn Beach Tourism Area, was taken by local authorities.
According to zing.vn, 919 camphor trees, measuring 4.2m in height, have been planted so far. The camphor tree was chosen as it is durable and resistant to storms. All the camphor trees are being imported from China at VNĐ8 million ($352) each.
Camphor is a highly invasive evergreen tree that has the tendency to form single species communities and exclude most other desirable native vegetation. — VNS