What kinds of trees are planted in Tanzania?


Ocotea Usambarensis
Ocotea usambarensis is a species of Ocotea (family Lauraceae), native to eastern Africa, including the Usambara mountains. It is a large evergreen tree growing up to 35 m (exceptionally 45 m). It's fast growth (up to 2 m per year) when young, and great for afforestation as well as reforestation.

Podocarpus usambarensis
Also known as Afrocarpus usambarensis, this endangered tree species is native to the Usambara mountains. Our partners use it for afforestation as well as reforestation.

Albizia schimperiana
The rare Albizia schimperiana is a native species that performs well both in nature reserves and in farming areas. It’s great at fixing soil nutrients.

Cordia africana
Cordia africana is a native species of flowering tree in the borage family, great for afforestation and reforestation. It’s well adapted to the mountain climate of northeastern Tanzania.

Laurofia cafra
Laurofia cafra is native to the Usambara region. It’s used for afforestation as well as reforestation.

Markhamia lutea
Markhamia lutea (commonly known as Nile tulip or siala tree) is a tree species of the plant family Bignoniaceae, and native to eastern Africa. Our partners are planting it both in natural forest areas and around farms. Traditionally, the tree is also used for medicinal purposes. It can be recognised by its bright yellow flowers.

Ficus sir
Native to the Usambara region, this tree is an important source of food to many animals. Our partners use it for protecting and restoring water sources.

Ficus thonningii
A native species, this Ficus is a source of food to many animals: it produces highly nutritious foliage in large amounts all year round. Our partners plant it near village water sources and in natural forests. 

Croton megalocarpus
Croton megalocarpus is a native plant species in the Euphorbiaceae family. It’s great for agroforestry systems.

Moringa oleifera
Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant, non-invasive exotic species. It has medicinal uses and is best planted in farming areas.

Grevillea robusta
Grevillea robusta is a non-invasive exotic species. It’s mostly used as a source of wood; our partners only plant it in farming areas.

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