Planted: 1913

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This tree can be found to the west of the Viburnum Walk near the Edward Road fence.

An ancient primitive tree occurring in many parts of the world 200 million years ago, and appearing as fossils in coal seams… regarded as a sacred tree in the East and commonly planted in vicinity of Buddhist temples. Long considered extinct in the wild, it is now known to have survived in the Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces of south east China. Cultivated for centuries in China and introduced to England in 1754.

From Mr Hammond’s Plant Register: 

Planted December 1913, 6ft. 8in.
No shoots 8th April 1914, budding 24th April 1914, doing well 8th August 1914.
Healthy 1915 Leaves retained , 14 November 1916, 13ft. 4in., 1923  22ft. 6in.