There is a
group of 16 Lychee trees (Litchi chinensis) in Chung
Uk Tsuen, Lam Tsuen. They are about 110 years old at a
height of 10 meters. It is believed that they are the
leftover from the former lychee orchard. There are two more
lychee trees nearby at the age of 180 years and the heights
are 15 meters and 10 meters respectively. The trees in the
group are not too tall and it may probably due to regular
pruning. When lychee farmers select a tree to be their
「granduncle tree」, it is not surprising at all that Lychee
is their choice.
Lychee (Litchi chinensis) and
Longan (Dimocarpus longan) are the main crops of Hong
Kong orchard farmers. It should have been quite common to
see these species to be over a hundred years of age.
However, for the sake of harvest, if these trees are too
tall or are low in yield, these trees will have no value to
be retained. According to 「Hong Kong Old and Valuable
Trees」 published by Cosmos Books, the oldest lychee is only
180 years old and that of longan is only 200 years old.
It』s quite a big difference comparing to their actual
*translated by Mary Chung