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Landscape Improvement Works in Ngong Ping
Landscape Improvement Works in Ngong Ping
Landscape Improvement Works in Ngong Ping

Project Scope

(i) Planting of around 400 numbers of cherry trees and native spring-flowering trees in Ngong Ping (in the vicinity of Ngong Ping Village and Ngong Ping Fun Walk); and

(ii) associated construction works.


Planting Location Plan
Ngong Ping Spring Flower Trail Map

Works Progress and Programme

The landcape improvement works in Ngong Ping commenced in January 2018. It is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.


Tree Species

Bellflower Cherry is the major cherry tree species to be planted in the project. They are native cherry tree species in southern China and are adaptive to warm weather.

The following cherry tree species will be planted in the project:

Bellflower Cherry
Bellflower Cherry (Double-flower)
Bellflower Cherry
Bellflower Cherry
(Double-flower)
  • Color: Bright Pink
  • Shape: Bell-shaped flower facing downward
  • Blossom Period: Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Feature: More adaptive to warm weather and native species in southern China.
  • Color: Bright Pink
  • Shape: Bell-shaped flower facing downward, double flower
  • Blossom Period: Early Spring
  • Feature: Flower shape is similar to Bellflower Cherry but with more petals.
Guangzhou Cherry
Xiaoqiao Cherry
Guangzhou Cherry
Xiaoqiao Cherry
  • Color: Red Bud,Pink Petal
  • Shape: Larger flower
  • Blossom Period: Middle Spring
  • Feature: More adaptive to warm weather and native species in Guangzhou.
  • Color: Red bud,Light color Petal
  • Shape: Umbrella shaped flower
  • Blossom Period: Middle Spring
  • Feature: Slightly Scented flower
Southern Early Cherry
 
Southern Early Cherry
 
  • Color: Red Bud,Pink Petal
  • Shape: Small size and single flower
  • Blossom Period: Middle Spring
  • Feature: Dense blossom
 

The following spring-flowering species will also be planted in the project:

Chinese New Year Flower
Rhodoleia
Chinese New Year Flower
Rhodoleia
  • Color: Pinkish
  • Shape: Bell-shaped flower
  • Blossom Period: Early Spring around Chinese New Year
  • Feature: Native spring-flowering tree. Blooms before the leaves
  • Color: Red
  • Flower: Bell-shaped and larger flower
  • Blossom Period: End Spring
  • Feature: Native spring-flowering trees. Blooms before the leaves.
Fragrant Litsea
Wild Pear
Fragrant Litsea
Wild Pear
  • Color: Yellowish to creamy white
  • Shape: Small-sized Petal
  • Blossom Period: Early Spring to Middle Spring
  • Feature: Native spring-flowering trees with fragrant scent, oil from fruit can be used for production of perfume
  • Color: White
  • Shape: Round-shaped
  • Blossom Period: End Spring
  • Feature: Native spring-flowering trees. Blooms in big clusters before the leaves.
Plum / Japanese Apricot
 
Plum / Japanese Apricot
 
  • Color: Red
  • Shape : Round-shaped
  • Blossom Period : Later Winder to Early Spring
  • Feature: Blooms before the leaves, five number of petals
 

To facilitate the public and visitors to better appreciate the planted trees, we will provide tree labels with QR code to the newly planted trees. The above tree details are accessible via tablets or smartphones.

 

Timetable for Spring Flowers Blossom
Timetable for Spring Flowers Blossom

Spring Flowering Trees Trivia

Question 1: Why are there no leaves?

These flowering trees are mostly deciduous, with the exception of Rhodoleia. Deciduous trees are dormant in winter, with new flowers and leaves appearing in Spring. What makes cherry trees so attractive is that the flowers bloom en masse before the leaves.


Question 2: Number of flower increases with age?

Small-sized trees are planted because they adapt more quickly to the local environment than mature trees. However, it will take a few years of patient and careful establishment until they reach maturity and produce large quantity of flowers in Spring.


Project Background

There is a recent trend to admire spring flowers in Hong Kong. Apart from local native spring flowers, e.g. Fragrant Litsea, Chinese New Year Flower and Wild Pear, etc, many visitors are also attracted to overseas (including Japan and Korea) during cherry trees blossom season. Cherry trees grow best in Northern temperate regions (Japan, China and Korea, etc) and need chill winter period for flowering. In Hong Kong, the cherry trees planted at Cheung Chau, Kadoorie Farm and Tai Mo Shan Country Park have likewise attracted many visitors during the blossoming season in recent years though the scale of blossoms in these areas is relatively small.

The Sustainable Lantau Blueprint (The Blueprint) announced by the Government in June 2017 ( http://www.lantau.gov.hk/ ), dedicated part of Lantau Island to be used for conservation with sustainable leisure and recreational purposes. In view of the cool climate, good transport connectivity as well as the synergy with the existing tourist attractions in Ngong Ping, the Civil Engineering and Development Department proposes planting of cherry trees and native spring-flowering trees in Ngong Ping for visitors’enjoyment during the blossoming season.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department held a planting ceremony for the landscape improvement works in Ngong Ping on 30 January 2018 to give impetus to the landscape improvement works.

Landscape Improvement Works in Ngong Ping Planting Ceremony
Contact Us

Contact : Land Works Division
Civil Engineering and Development Department,
2/F, Civil Engineering and Development Building,
101 Princess Margaret Road, Homantin, Kowloon
Tel : 2762 5683
Fax : 2714 0079