12/07/2015 8:42 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Here Are 22 Of Delhi's Most Beautiful Native Trees That Need Your Help

Pradip Krishen

Given Delhi's air pollution, it's hard to believe that it is home to some of the most majestic trees. These trees lend the national capital a certain je ne sais quoi -– be it the gorgeous golden-yellow Amaltas that blooms during the summer, or the fiery red Palash flowers that carpet Delhi’s roads in spring.

Unfortunately, these native trees have been slowly diminishing over time due to several reasons, such as lack of water, lack of space, and rapid urbanisation.

"Native trees are a result of millions of years of evolution. They should get equal importance in conservation as a Tiger, Rhino or the Qutab Minar,” says Sohail Madan, centre Manager, CEC Delhi.

To restore these trees, the Conservation Education Centre of Delhi, in collaboration with Delhi, I Love You (a 30-month long social movement started by a group of friends who share their love for the city) started a Delhi Seed Bank Project last month where in they would plant saplings of 22 native trees in a 3-acre plot in Asola Forest.

The project that shall continue for 18 months, shall see over 1,000 trees planted, and is being mentored by Indian filmaker Pradip Krishen, who is also a noted environmentalist and the author of 'Trees Of Delhi'. "In most other countries they don’t want thirsty trees because water is a valuable resource. Water is going to become much more valuable resource in the years to come. You cannot afford to plant trees in the city or parks that are thirsty. All the trees that are growing Buddha Jayanti Park today, for which permanent watering is needed, you going to have to let them go. You cannot afford to keep watering them," says Krishen.

The project shall also feature walks this month as well as in August with volunteers and schools to collect more seeds of native trees in the forest and around Central Ridge (one can keep a lookout for more updates here). In three months time, when the first saplings make their presence felt, they will be planted in Jal Board and MCD (Municipal Corporation Of Delhi) south properties, and shall be made available to the public to plant in/ around their homes.

Here are 22 of Delhi's most beautiful native trees (captured by Pradip Krishen) that need your help.

  • Ber - Ziziphus Mauritiana
    Ber - Ziziphus Mauritiana
    Pradip Krishen
  • Peelu - Salvadora Persica
    Peelu - Salvadora Persica
    Pradip Krishen
  • Ronjh - Acacia Leucophloea
    Ronjh - Acacia Leucophloea
    Pradip Krishen
  • Amaltas - Cassia Fistula
    Amaltas - Cassia Fistula
    Pradip Krishen
  • Shahtoot/ Mulberry - Morus Alba
    Shahtoot/ Mulberry - Morus Alba
    Pradip Krishen
  • Kareel - Capparis Decidua
    Kareel - Capparis Decidua
    Pradip Krishen
  • Bistendu - Diospyros Cordifolia
    Bistendu - Diospyros Cordifolia
    Pradip Krishen
  • Khejdi - Prosopis Cineraria
    Khejdi - Prosopis Cineraria
    Pradip Krishen
  • Desi Babool - Acacia Nilotica
    Desi Babool - Acacia Nilotica
    Pradip Krishen
  • Roheda - Tecomella Undulata
    Roheda - Tecomella Undulata
    Pradip Krishen
  • Sonjna- Moringa Concanensis
    Sonjna- Moringa Concanensis
    Pradip Krishen
  • Bael Patra - Aegle Marmelos
    Bael Patra - Aegle Marmelos
    Pradip Krishen
  • Doodhi - Wrightia Tinctoria
    Doodhi - Wrightia Tinctoria
    Pradip Krishen
  • Kosam - Schleichera Oleosa
    Kosam - Schleichera Oleosa
    Pradip Krishen
  • Kaim - Mitragyna Parviflora
    Kaim - Mitragyna Parviflora
    Pradip Krishen
  • Palash - Butea Monosperma
    Palash - Butea Monosperma
    Pradip Krishen
  • Dhau - Acacia Nilotica
    Dhau - Acacia Nilotica
    Pradip Krishen
  • Siris (Black) - Albizia Amara
    Siris (Black) - Albizia Amara
    Pradip Krishen
  • Jhinjheri - Bauhinia Racemos
    Jhinjheri - Bauhinia Racemos
    Pradip Krishen
  • Siris (White) - Albizia Lebbeck
    Siris (White) - Albizia Lebbeck
    Pradip Krishen
  • Pilkhan - Ficus Virens
    Pilkhan - Ficus Virens
    Pradip Krishen
  • Barna - Crataeva Adansonii
    Barna - Crataeva Adansonii
    Pradip Krishen

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