BANYAN TREE

Hong Kong’s wall trees: everything you need to know about the banyans that define the city’s landscape

The colonial government had a policy of using mostly Chinese banyan trees, whose powerful roots strengthened retaining walls on slopes, helping prevent landslides

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 July, 2015, 9:50am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 July, 2015, 9:50am
Hong Kong’s wall trees: everything you need to know about the banyans that define the city’s landscape

The practice of growing trees directly on walls originated with 19th century Guangdong masonry workers known as the Wu Hua. The colonial government had a policy of using mostly Chinese banyan trees, whose powerful roots strengthened retaining walls on slopes, helping prevent landslides

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