Saudi Arabian authorities have imposed a permanent ban on planting of palm trees along roads as well as in parks and gardens. This decision is in line with the plans to prevent the spread of red palm weevil in the Kingdom.
The ban will be applicable only to the plantation of date palm trees in future projects, without removing the already planted trees.
The ministry stressed that trees and shrubs in public places, roads and parks shall be cultivated as appropriate to the nature of each area for afforestation and not to plant trees that are not consistent with the region’s environment.
The ministry prepared a list of native plants suitable for planting gardens, streets, courtyards, squares and city entrances.