Chinese Banyan, Hong Kong

Alisdair Gurney

Joined February 2008

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Chinese banyan (Ficus microcarpa), in Nathan Road in Hong Kong. These trees/shrubs seem to thrive in Hong Kong’s congested urban environment.

Scientists report some trees have declined and died in China due to an inability to cope from high-density urbanization and rural conditions, but the Chinese banyan tree (ficus microcarpa) has flourished because of its unusual tolerance to stressful environmental conditions. An environmental preservation organization claims that the Chinese Banyan survives because “it can soldier on despite the odds.” A native species that has lived on the land of China for many millennia, many see it symbolic of the Chinese “common quest for perseverance, endurance, tolerance, health, robustness and longevity.”

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