The right tree for the right place and the right purpose.
Trees (provenances, species genotypes) from the right seed sources should be suited to their purpose and environment. Planters, whether individuals or communities should carefully consider what they wish to achieve and what their choice may imply in terms of cultivation and management requirements, and possible effects apart from the main purpose, including effects of societal, environmental and biodiversity value.
Trees should be fit for their environment, the planting site. They should be of known performance, adapted and adaptable, able to survive and grow healthy for many years under variable conditions as an element of a healthy system. The right source of the right species ensures the adaptability in the right place. Trees should be planted where sufficient resources are supportive and where there are clear rules governing land use, robust community participation and long-term provision for planning and monitoring.
The choice of species and source of planting material is guided by the conditions and requirements of the planting site and the aspirations of the tree planter. The purpose could be for products (foods, timber, fodder etc) and/or services (erosion control, shade, water sheds management, carbon, etc). In multi-purpose, landscapes (forests, farms, woodlots, parklands etc.) trees support livelihoods and environment.