A man has caused an outcry at a village in southern China after he ripped out part of a plant tended for about 800 years so he could grow its flowers in his garden, according to a newspaper report. The man is accused or ripping out two branches from an ancient peony plant in the village of Qide in Jiangxi province, the Jiangxi Daily reported. A retired official in the 12th century, Yu Tong, is said to have originally planted the flower in the village and it has been cared for by villagers even since, the report said. A man from a neighbouring village, whose was only identified by his surname Gao, pulled out two branches for cuttings last month, according to the article. Field of tulips at flower show in China raided by visitors wanting ‘free’ bouquets “What infuriates us is that Gao even strolled around our village with the stems in his hand,” villager Yu Yuansen, a descendant of the official who first planted the peony, was quoted as saying. “It definitely triggered public outrage.” Villager said the plant’s blooms have suffered since the attack, according to the article. The report said the man had agreed to pay villagers 24,000 yuan (HK$29,000) after police were called over the incident, but had yet to come up with the cash.