The Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis) is a tall, fast-growing tree, found growing alongside perennial streams in the Upper Galilee, the Hula Valley and the Golan Heights; a few trees can also be found alongside the Dolev stream in Samaria. The Oriental plane tree is listed in the Red Data Book of rare and endangered plants in Israel, it is protected by law and threatened by habitat degradation and overexploitation. Alongside one of the pools in the Botanical Garden grows an impressively beautiful Oriental Plane, 15 m high and approximately 40 years old. For some time now the tree has suffered from infection and trunk rot, and there was a concern that branches might collapse. In order to reduce potential risks, an orthopaedic treatment was performed by a specialist, Dror Lazarovitz.
The treatment included mechanical supports for the main branches and trunk: support posts, cables and galvanised metal screws.
An additional treatment included cleaning the rotting areas and applying pruning paint to prevent penetration by fungi or pests, and to reduce the risk of similar damage in the future. We hope to enjoy the shade of this beautiful tree for many years to come.

Photo: Moshe Peri

Photo: Moshe Peri

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