Zhengzhou Officials Baffled by Tropical Trees’ Failure to Thrive Under Overpass

    Loquat trees dying under a bridge in Zhengzhou. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)The trees not long after they were planted. (Screenshot/ChinaNews.com)They've been getting plenty of water, but there's not enough sunlight. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)

    Despite being watered regularly, these loquat trees in Henan Province are slowly dying.

    The reason? Well, it’s because someone decided to plant them under an expressway!

    Hundreds of trees were apparently put in the area under the bridge by the city planning department in April, according to China News.

    The local authorities have made similar mistakes before, but tried a different species this time. However, this is a tropical plant that grows well in Taiwan, and isn’t suited to a temperate area.

    Hmm, back to the drawing board… again!

    Loquat trees dying under a bridge in Zhengzhou. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)

    Loquat trees dying under a bridge in Zhengzhou. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)

    They've been getting plenty of water, but there's not enough sunlight. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)

    They’ve been getting plenty of water, but there’s not enough sunlight. (Screenshot/Chinanews.com)

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    The trees not long after they were planted. (Screenshot/ChinaNews.com)

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