Buttress roots can be clearly seen in the “granduncle tree”
as shown above. At first glance, the tree is easily
mistaken as Common red stem (Ficus variegata var.
chlorocarpa) or Looking-glass tree (Heritiera littoralis).
The picture was taken in Tong Min Tsuen in Tai Po.
According to the book
“Feng Shui Woods”, the native tree species which have
buttress roots is Small-leaved Aphananthe. If you also flip
through the book
“Register of Old and Valuable Trees”, you will find that
there is a total of four Small-leaved Aphananthe which are
more than 140 years old in Tong Min Tsuen. The one as shown
above is one of them, I believe.
The peculiarity of parks in Hong Kong is that NO native
trees are grown there. Some very
common species such as Levine’s Syzygium (Syzygium levinei),
Chinese Laurel (Antidesma bunius), Butulang Canthium (Canthium
dicoccum), Endospermum (Endospermum Chinese) can only be
found in villages. Small-leaved Aphananthe, a common native
species, can only be seen when ask to be introduced by