花期：二月 至 八月
花期：三月 至 五月
Exotic (orignated from tropical and temperate Asia and to parts of the Pacific region)
Flowering Period: Feb - Aug
Flowering Period: Mar - May
Hong Kong Central Library bus stop
In 1997, the sudden change of the Hong Kong Central Library’s architectural design caused immense controversy, which delayed the construction and opening to 2001. There are plenty of ornamental plants surrounding the building—in the planter next to the bus stop, one tree may hide another tree. Since trees compete with each other for resources, it is weird to have two mature trees growing that close to each other.
Burmese Rosewood is exotic species with well developed root system, and good quality wood for making as premium furniture and musical instruments. The oldest Burmese Rosewood tree in Hong Kong is around 170 years old, 23 metres tall, near the entrance of the Central Government Offices Compound.
The Chinese Hackberry wood is hard enough for making furniture and cutting board. Its small fruits can serve as food to birds and previously as toy gun bullets played by children. There is another Chinese Hackberry tree nearby, reaching a height of 14 metres, recorded in the Register of Old and Valuable Trees.
The development of urban greening in Hong Kong can be traced back to the establishment of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG) in 1871 in the last century. Used to study the native plants collected and the exotic plants exchanged with other regions in its early years, it had been named the Botanic Gardens. Burmese Rosewood and Chinese Hackberry were the commonly planted tree species at that time.