January 9, 2019
Definition: A tree that is purposefully grown to provide more than one significant contribution to the environment or people’s livelihoods.
Synonym: Multipurpose tree
Example: A popular agroforestry tree is the Sesbania spp. known for its many benefits.Farmers often use it for:
Alley Cropping: Sesbania is easy to establish, it grows rapidly, and coppices readily, providing high-nutrient mulch and making it a promising tree for alley cropping.
Soil Reclamation: It is commonly planted on fallow land because of its fast growth and nitrogen-fixing characteristics. Harvested leaves and stems make a rich compost or green fertilizer.
Wood: Highly coppiceable, it is a popular source for fuelwood and charcoal because it produces a high amount of woody biomass in a short time which, although soft, is relatively smokeless, quick kindling, and hot burning.