The Landowner at the micro-reserve (at El Circ de la Safor) has periodically visited the planting plot to have a look at the planting area and water some of the planted trees that usually suffer the most during the summer.
Overall, trees looked very well and very few have died considering they have had a very dry summer in Valencia, Spain. The service tree (Sorbus domestica) and the common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), which are more sensitive to heat and the latter also sensitive to some spider plague, have suffered the most. Some holm oaks (Quercus ilex) have also died but in smaller numbers. The field elms (Ulmus minor), terebinths (Pistacia terebinthus), and the strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo) all looked healthy and thriving.
From now on, with the drop in temperatures and the autumn rainfall, trees will recover and grow more easily. They calculate that the overall survival rate is higher than 90%.
Fantastic news from Valencia! Looking forward to this next planting season.
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