Diversity of amenity-tree species in Hong Kong

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A comprehensive survey of amenity trees identified a total of 175 species, the most frequently occurring being broadleaves, chosen mainly for good shading and flowering attributes. Detailed information on ecological requirements and amenity characteristics of individual species is given, with results summarized in tables arranged according to major tree forms (broadleaved, palms and 'palm-like', and conifers) and by families. The diversity of the amenity-tree population is explained and some relevant implications for tree management are discussed. The most popular species were Nerium indicum [N. oleander], Bombax malabaricum, Bauhinia blakeana, B. purpurea, B. variegata, Cassia surattensis, Delonix regia, Crateva religiosa, Casuarina equisetifolia, Aleurites moluccana, Macaranga tanarius, Hibiscus tiliaceus, Acacia confusa, Ficus microcarpa, Melaleuca leucadendron, Cycas revoluta, Chrysalidocarpus lutescens and Roystonea regia. Copyright © 1991 Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-243
JournalQuarterly Journal of Forestry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991


Nerium oleander
Macaranga tanarius
Dypsis lutescens
Aleurites moluccanus
Roystonea regia
Melaleuca leucadendra
Talipariti tiliaceum
Acacia confusa
Bauhinia purpurea
Cycas revoluta
Bauhinia variegata
Bombax ceiba
Delonix regia
Ficus microcarpa
Casuarina equisetifolia
Northern Ireland


Jim, C. Y. (1991). Diversity of amenity-tree species in Hong Kong. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 85(4), 233-243.