Now that the grass has been cleared from the lot, we are starting to plan out where to plant what. We started with the decision not to cut down any of the trees that have grown in the lot, but now that we’re dealing with the details of everything, a few of the trees would just have to go. One tree, the binunga, which is apparently a pioneer species, is right next to the wall of our neighbor. While it breaks my heart to take it down, it will eventually destroy our neighbor’s wall, as well as the wall we’re planning to build around the lot. Two coconut trees were taken down because they posed a risk of coconuts randomly falling on us. The other trees that I don’t mind cutting down myself are a few African Tulip and Mahogany trees that have situated themselves beside native trees like Talisay trees and a mango tree. I’ve been reading up on native and invasive trees, and it’s astounding how much science has been ignored by tree planting programs that put hundreds of invasive species in our soil, affecting the biodiversity of our land. I’ve also been ignorant until recently, and it’s a shame to admit that the names of the invasive species sound more familiar than the native ones.
I have yet to find a comprehensive guide on the Philippines’ native trees, but I did find a book I have yet to order. I’ll post a casual review of the book here once I have a copy. Any recommendations on books about trees or plants? Bonus points for ones focusing on the flora of the Philippines.