In the framework of the ‘Nationale Boomfeestdag’, on Wednesday morning 16 March a great programme was organised for the children of classes 6 and 7 of primary school ‘De Hasselbraam’ and class 6 of the ‘Klimop’. Beautiful trees and plants were planted on the school’s carpark.

The day began with the official opening by alderman of the municipality of Haaren, Eric van den Dungen, who planted the first shrub, a Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Skyline’. After this the children had a fun programme, with special workshops. This included planting vegetable seeds and flower mixtures in the school garden. The children helped with the planting around the carpark, took part in a nature walk and made skewers with vegetables and fruit in the tennis club’s pavilion.

And finally, the bee keepers club ‘Sint Ambrosius’, http://haaren.bijenhouders.nl/, gave the school a Pagoda tree (Sophora japonica, new name Styphnolobium japonicum). The tree flowers in warm summers with creamy white clusters of flowers that bees are very keen on. The tree, which was supplied by M. van den Oever Nurseries, was given a wooden plaque with the name ‘Sprankelboom’ (Sparkling Tree), referring to the name of the new school ‘De Sprankel’.

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Alderman Eric van den Dungen officially opens the ‘Boomfeestdag’ at the new school2boomfeestdag
The various workshops the children take part in3boomfeestdag
The planting of the Sophora japonica (‘Sprankelboom’)

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The Pagoda tree is a beautiful tree that grows somewhat erratically. The small pinnate fresh green leaves are very decorative. In August/September the tree flowers during warm summers with beautiful creamy white flowers in clusters. The beautiful green branches and twigs are decorative in winter, too.

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Sophora japonica

Location photo: Haaren

Name: Styphnolobium japonicum is the new name
Origin: China, Korea
Height: 12-16 metres, broad, round open crown
Application: avenues, streets, parks and green spaces
Environmental factors: relatively sensitive to wind and branch breaking, important to prune in summer
Soil: all types of soil, not too poor, tolerates paving
Flowers: flowers after warm summers only,
the creamy white clusters of flowers are popular with bees
Fruits: grey beans, constricted
Leaves: compound leaves, 7-17 leaflets