Framework Species Trees for Batangas

The right selection of tree species is critical for the reforestation to be successful.  Using the Miyawaki Method and the Framework Species Method of Dr. Elliot, the ideal tree species would meet the following criteria:

  • is a native canopy species that are most likely to have been growing naturally at the site
  • must survive well when planted in deforested areas
  • must have dense spreading crowns to shade out weeds
  • should attract seed-dispersing animals by producing fruit, nectar, nesting sites, and perching sites
  • if possible, must be resistant to fire

Now comes the tricky part: finding the tree species that meet those criteria. Dr. Miyawaki recommends that you try to imagine what was growing at the site before people came into the picture and then plant those species. It would probably also be useful to visit a natural forest in the area to see what trees are growing there. Barring that, it would be good to have a list of the native tree species that are common to your area. Unfortunately, I don’t have the tree identification skills to come up with my own list. I also could not find a list of lowland forest trees found in Batangas.

To come up with my list of trees, I started off with the list of “Indigenous forest trees recommended for habitat restoration/wildlife conservation with reproductive parts eaten by some animals based on field observations” from the Guide to Rainforestation Timber Species found at the Rainforestation Information Portal. There are 122 species in that list. I cross-referenced that list with the list of available native trees from Imelda Sarmiento of Hortica Filipina Foundation Inc. I also added species from Imelda’s list that were tagged as “wildlife, reforestation species”.  I also took note of the trees that were used in the Yokohama tree planting at Clark, the trees mentioned in the book Philippine Native Trees 101 as food sources for animals or good  pioneering trees, and the trees in the list of bird-friendly trees that we helped put together for our the Ecology Committee of our village.  I also added the trees mentioned in a study of the trees of Mt. Maculot, the available trees in the Native Trees Nursery for Batangas mentioned in the Rainforestation Information Portal website. I also added Philippine Teak because I read that it is found in the lowland forest of Batangas.

I am also trying to identify the trees that are already growing in the farm. I eventually plan to set up a nursery so I can gather the seeds and grow seedlings to add to the farm or for other reforestation projects. I am also planning to ask the our caretaker about the common trees in the area. I plant to show him the book Philippine Native Trees 101 to start.

Here is initial tree list:

  1. Alagaw, Alagau  Premna odorata
  2. Alim  Melanolepis multiglandulosa <– we already have this growing in the farm
  3. Almon Shorea almon
  4. Anabiong Trema orientalis*
  5. Anonang  Cordia dichotoma
  6. Antipolo  Artocarpus blancoi
  7. Apitong  Dipterocarpus grandiflorus
  8. Bagtikan  Parashorea malaanonan
  9. Bahai  Ormosia calavensis
  10. Balite Ficus balete*
  11. Bangkal Nauclea orientales
  12. Bani  Pongamia pinnata
  13. Banuyo  Wallceodendron celebicum
  14. Batino  Alstonia macrophylla
  15. Bayok  Pterospermum diversifolium <– we already have this growing in the farm
  16. Bignay  Antidesma bunius
  17. Bignay-pugo  Antidesma pentandrum
  18. Binunga  Macaranga tanarius* <– we already have this growing in the farm
  19. Bitanghol  Callophyllum blancoi*
  20. Bitaog  Callophyllum inophyllum
  21. Dao  Dracontamelon dao
  22. Dita  Alstonia scholaris
  23. Duguan  Myristica philippinensis
  24. Guijo  Shorea guiso
  25. Hagimit  Ficus minahassae*
  26. Igyo  Dysoxylum gaudichaudianum
  27. Ilang-ilang  Cananga odorata
  28. Ipil  Intsia bijuga
  29. Is-is  Ficus ulmifolia <– we already have this growing in the farm
  30. Kalantas  Toona calantas
  31. Kalumpit  Terminalia microcarpa
  32. Kamagong  Diospyros philippinensis
  33. Kapulasan  Nephelium lappaceum
  34. Katmon  Dillenia philippinensis
  35. Lamio  Dracontomelon edule
  36. Lanete  Wrightia pubescens <– we already have this growing in the farm
  37. Lipote  Syzygium polycephaloides
  38. Mabunot   Gomphandra luzoniensis
  39. Malakmalak  Palaquium philippinense*
  40. Malapapaya  Polycias nodosa
  41. Malogai  Pometia pinnata
  42. Marang or Malaabukado  Litsea cordata
  43. Molave  Vitex parviflora
  44. Narra  Pterocarpus indicus
  45. Palosapis  Anisoptera thurifera
  46. Philippine Teak  Tectona philippinensis*
  47. Sablot Litsea Glutinosa <– we already have this growing in the farm
  48. Red Lauan  Shorea negrosensis
  49. Takip asin  Macaranga grandifolia
  50. Talisay-gubat  Terminalia foetidissima
  51. Taluto  Pterocymbium tinctorium
  52. Tamayuan  Strombosia philippinensis
  53. Tangisang bayawak  Ficus variegata
  54. Tibig  Ficus nota
  55. Tindalo  Afzelia rhomboidea
  56. Tuai  Bichofia javanica
  57. White Lauan  Shorea contorta
  58. Yakal-saplungan  Hopea plagata

*I don’t have a source for this

Weeds being removed from area for tree planting

9 thoughts on “Framework Species Trees for Batangas”

  1. Hi Sylvia, I really admire what you are doing. You have quite a number of trees already. Make sure that you plant the fast growing ones (pioneering trees) which can grow faster than the weeds. If you plant the slow growing ones first, the super fast weeds will kill them. Make sure that your tall trees with lush foliage are not planted where the morning sun comes in. The tall trees like Cupang and Anabiong are fast growing and the foliage are well distributed, the sun can still shiine through. They combat the weeds and they still allow vegetation to grow under (shrubs and plants). The Balitbitan is an ornamental shade tree with a huge crown. (don’t plant them close to each other) You can visit UPD or UPLB to see them so beautiful now). The young leaves are white like hankies hanging. You can put it in an area where you want to have a picnic table or a hammock under it. Plant the Lauans and similar hardwoods (dipterocarps) when you have arrested the soil. The leaf litters of the fast growing ones will prepare the soil and provide the shade for the slow growing ones. The Taluto is a fast growing, short lived giant tree. (that’s ok since it grows fast anyway). It sheds its leaves in season and is replaced with apple green flower/seeds which turn to brown after. Plant them in the perimeter area alternate with Cupang.

    1. Thank you Telyd! I will keep you pointers in mind when we start planting. We cleared off the suag kabayo from the planting area first. There was so much, it was hard to see where to put the saplings. Then, planning to keep weeding and also mulching to control the weeds.

  2. hi. i am a student, i would like to ask the exact location of your forest in batangas city. we really katmon (Dillenia philippinensis)

  3. hi. i am a student, i would like to ask the exact location of your forest in batangas city. we really need
    katmon (Dillenia philippinensis

  4. Hi Sylvia! Thank you for coming up with such an informative blog. I’m inspired to document my efforts as well.
    Anyway, I’ll be using the framework species method to reforest at least half of a 3 hectare property in Antipolo developed according to permaculture principles. Like yours, a few trees of alim and binunga can be found scattered among the ipil-ipil trees. But it can be a daunting task looking for at least 10 more pioneering windbreakers. Would you have a supplier where I can source a good variety other than what’s at rainforestation.ph and Ms. Imelda Sarmiento:-)
    Thanks,
    Audi
    0917-867-5000
    audiguerrero@gmail.com

    1. Hi Audi, thanks for visiting my blog! Please send me a link if you post online about your farm. I’d love to read it. I think it’s a great to put this info online to encourage others to do the same. And then one day we will have pockets of forest that can turn into green corridors!
      We are supposed to meet up with an Ayta expert on plants who has a nursery in Bataan. If it pushes through, I’ll let you know what he has and how to go about buying.

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