tree blindness
n. The disregard of the trees in one's environment.
Other Forms
There was a time when knowing your trees was a matter of life and death, because you needed to know which ones were strong enough to support a house and which ones would feed you through the winter. Now most of us walk around, to adapt a term devised by some botanists, tree blind. But here’s the good news: Tree blindness can be cured.
—Gabriel Popkin, “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness,” The New York Times, August 26, 2017
He laments that in big cities, children or even their parents have never scaled or felt trees. He chooses to call this phenomenon in urban areas, ‘tree blindness’. “People have this habit of ignoring the presence of trees around them,” said Khanna, who lives in New Friends Colony with his parents and younger sister.
—Vatsala Shrangi, “S Delhi resident revives the art of tree climbing in cities,” Hindustan Times, May 23, 2016
In which I come out about my ridiculous tree blindness for the @pshares blog:
—Rebecca Makkai, “In which I…,” Twitter, May 23, 2013
2009 (earliest)
A recent example of Australian-tree-blindness was Monty Don on his tour around the world in 80 gardens (on ABC TV earlier this year). He saw the flying foxes but didn't recognise the Aussie trees — or many trees at all it seems.
—Jerome Entwisle, “60% Aussie Trees in Botanic Gardens*,” Talking Plants, October 01, 2009
Actually, there is such a thing as “tree blindness.” lt is a curious psychological malady that strikes some cutters after working steadily in one area. They get so they can't “see” any more Christmas trees in the forest and have to change areas.
American Forests, American Forestry Association, January 01, 1949