Why Trees Are Important For Landscaping Hawaii?


Why Trees Are Important Trees literally hold our island state together. They help define Hawaii’s sense of place, that special connection between our diverse cultures and the environment, the land and its people.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What tree is Hawaii known for?

Banyan treeThe banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) known in Hawaiian as paniana, located in the Courthouse Square, which was renamed Banyan Tree Park covering 1.94 acres, is not only the largest in the state but also in the United States....

Banyan tree in Lahaina
Coordinates 20.886111°N 156.674722°WCoordinates:20.886111°N 156.674722°W

What trees are used in landscaping?

Here is a list of our favorite ornamentals.

  • Eastern Redbud. This native tree is definitely a treasure to behold in the April landscape. ...
  • Cornus Mas. ...
  • Serviceberry. ...
  • Kousa Dogwood.
  • Japanese Tree Lilac. ...
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac (standard).
  • Ornamental Pears. ...
  • Japanese Maple.

Why are trees and shrubs important?

Trees and shrubs improve soil and water conservation, store carbon, moderate local climate by providing shade, regulate temperature extremes, increase wildlife habitat and improve the land's capacity to adapt to climate change. These are all benefits forests and shrubs offer the environment and in turn, us.

What kind of trees are native to Hawaii?

The Hala tree is a popular choice for native Hawaiian landscaping. The Hala can grow to have a 20 to 40 foot spread and has wide branches. It’s distinguishable by the characteristic pineapple shaped fruit and its long hanging leaves.

What kind of plants are used in Hawaiian landscaping?

The Hawaiian Rockwort or Kuluī is widely used in landscaping. This plant has recognizable silvery leaves and grows in clusters. The Kuluī can be trimmed into a hedge or small tree. Mature Kuluī can have a spread of over 20 feet but will only grow up to 9 feet at most.

What are the benefits of planting a tree?

Another interesting fact supporting landscapes with trees is that one tree can also supply enough oxygen for four people every day. What a great reason to plant a tree! With the storm season in full swing, lush landscapes can actually help.

Where do you go to see Native Hawaiian plants?

You need to go to rugged, inaccessible coasts or high in the mountains to see native plants. The field of horticulture, which has cultivated and developed many rare, exotic, and “difficult to grow” plants such as orchids, has largely ignored native Ha­ waiian plants.

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