The alliance of Hero and Overlord came as a feng shui setup. Cotton
Tree (Bombax ceiba) was planted next to Chinese Banyan (Ficus
microcarpa) so as to redress the balance.
Cotton Tree and Chinese Banyan have been planted in Hong Kong for
many years. It’s not difficult to locate them. With its “outcrop”
characteristic, “Hero” is often easily spotted in amongst other
trees. Its red-flowered crown and straight trunk are typical of a
“Hero”. Whereas, the strangling skill and dominant canopy of
Chinese Banyan truly make it the “Overlord”.
The young “Hero” showed its talents and was full of vigor and
vitality. On the other hand, Overlord Jr. leaned against the wall
to grow. The intimidating aerial roots could not conceal its
The Hero met a couple when it’s in its prime and this constituted to
a much-told story. The Overlord swept through the air and killed
every single tree it came across. The momentum was beyond compare.
One day, the two finally met. What would happen? Was it a game of
“win-or-lose”? Or could it be “win-win” and they co-exist?
Nevertheless, inevitably, Hero would be at the end of the road and
Overlord would die of old age.
translated by Mary Chung