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Photosynthetic parameters of urban greening trees growing on paved land

Xuming Wang (1-2-3), Xiaoke Wang (1-2-4)   , Yuanyuan Chen (1-2), Graeme P Berlyn (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 12, Issue 4, Pages 403-410 (2019)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2939-012
Published: Aug 13, 2019 - Copyright © 2019 SISEF

Research Articles

Two common urban greening trees, ash (Fraxinus chinensis Roxb.) and maple (Acer truncatum Bunge.), were planted in arranged pervious and impervious land pavements to clarify the response in the photosynthetic processes of the urban tree under different types of pavement. Leaf light and CO2 response curves of the net photosynthetic rate were constructed based on in situ measurements in the 4th year after planting, and additional photosynthetic parameters were obtained. The surface temperature and soil temperature significantly increased while the soil moisture significantly decreased in the land pavement, and these changes varied with types of pavement. The light-saturated net photosynthetic rates of both ash and maple, the saturated intercellular CO2 concentration of ash, and the light saturation point, CO2-saturated net photosynthetic rate and maximum carboxylation rate of maple significantly decreased in impervious pavement, indicating that both the capacity of leaf photosynthesis and utilization of high light and CO2 concentrations were significantly reduced by land pavement. The down-regulation of photosynthesis in the impervious pavement was mainly due to the reduction of available soil water. Photosynthetic parameters of maple showed more sensitivity to the land pavement than those of ash. There was less impact from pervious pavement than impervious pavement on the photosynthetic parameters of ash and maple.


Impervious Pavement, Pervious Pavement, Photosynthesis, Photosynthetic Parameter, Urban Tree

Authors’ address

Xuming Wang
Xiaoke Wang
Yuanyuan Chen
State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China)
Xuming Wang
Xiaoke Wang
Yuanyuan Chen
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)
Xuming Wang
Graeme P Berlyn
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven CT 06511 (USA)
Xiaoke Wang
Beijing Urban Ecosystem Research Station, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China)

Corresponding author

Xiaoke Wang


Wang X, Wang X, Chen Y, Berlyn GP (2019). Photosynthetic parameters of urban greening trees growing on paved land. iForest 12: 403-410. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2939-012

Academic Editor

Silvano Fares

Paper history

Received: Aug 02, 2018
Accepted: May 26, 2019

First online: Aug 13, 2019
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2019
Publication Time: 2.63 months

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