By Mamen Illán
This tree can grow to more than 9 meters and in April or May it produces a flower with a sweet fragrance. Its leaves are used to make tea rich in protein and nitrogen and the flowers give a pleasant flavor to any salad. Bees also adore its flowers and with them they make a sweet and light honey that seems to be the best in the world, but these are not the reasons that make it a very special tree. Kiri absorbs ten times more carbon dioxide than any other tree in the world, and it also emits large amounts of oxygen. Taking these data into account, Chris Sanders and Brittany Turner, responsible for the pioneering project The Kiri Revolution, are developing a project in Texas with the ultimate goal of planting one million of these trees in the United States to purify the soil and get it to recover its properties.
The health of Texans is constantly threatened by the adverse effects of the state's extreme soil, air, and water pollution. Fortunately, one of the characteristics of kiri is that it thrives in polluted soil and water and purifies the land as it grows. Another of its characteristics is that it is the fastest growing tree on Earth. A seed will be the same size in eight years as a 40-year-old oak. In one year the kiri can grow to over four and a half meters.