The Giant Tree

Photos by MJ Klein

Hui-chen and I were out the other day, with one of our longtime suppliers and friends.  We came upon this very old tree in the Taichung area:

The Giant Tree This incredible giant camphor tree was made into a park to appreciate it.

The Giant Tree

The Giant Tree Upon closer examination, we find that there isn’t just a single tree, but rather four species all growing together!

The Giant Tree

This shot gives us a good view of one of the other tree species growing along with the giant camphor.  The predominant tree is the giant camphor and you can actually smell the camphor in the air.

The Giant Tree

The tree is so extensive that it can no longer support it’s own weight.  Here we see a pair of “A” frames that were constructed to hold up the outer limbs.  There are several such structures in place around the tree.

The Giant Tree

This shot is taken from the opposite perspective as our very first shot.  Incredible, isn’t it?

The Giant Tree

Our last photo is taken on the side of the tree.  Notice how the green metal railing is holding up many limbs that overhang it.  It was gratifying to see that this tree is being cared for so well, despite some other giant camphor trees not being so fortunate.  We’re glad that the local people appreciate this wonderful tree for what it is.

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    1. Dennis, “grand” is a very good way to describe that tree. it was incredible seeing it in person. hope you can find it some day. it’s not too far away from Fonyuan, Taichung.

  1. That tree is not far from where I live. If you visit on a Sunday, you will likely enjoy the charming sight of parents doing nothing to stop their children from climbing over the rails and up onto the tree, probably because they are too busy deciding what snacks to buy from the vendors 🙂

    Kaminoges last blog post..Them WBC Blues

    1. well Kaminoge, deciding what snacks to buy is a very important decision for parents! i guess the tree is safe as long as the kids are only climbing on it and not trying to deface it in any way. when we were there, no kids were climbing it at all. if it were up to me, no one would be allowed to pass the rail.

      1. I agree. Actually, this tree was relatively unknown until a few years ago. My wife took me there once back when we were dating, and we were the only ones there (on a weekend!). However, with the leisure boom of the last few years, the tree has been “discovered”, and is now an official “tourist attraction”.

        Did your friends take you to see the nearby “Love Bridge” (a completely manufactured “sight”) as well?

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        1. Kamingoe, interesting story. it was a weekday (Wednesday) when we were there and the park didn’t have so many people. now that times are tight, i would imagine more people will hang out in the free park on the weekends.

          we did not see the Love Bridge and something tells me that we didn’t miss much, lol! we did go to a private mountainside homestay and restaurant. the view was spectacular.

  2. Interesting to see a shot of a Taiwan camphor. I was looking around for one previously – they were a major industry in Taiwan during the 19th century and a constant source of animosity between Aborigines and Chinese immigrants (new Taiwanese).

    Patrick Cowsills last blog post..English Teachers in Taiwan

    1. Patrick, i’ve seen them way up in the mountain forests before, but never like this in the middle of a village. i thought they are protected these days, but Michael Turton reported on one being cut down recently.

  3. Looks like someone threw their bonsai collection out the door before they fled maybe 1000 years ago. Great to see it survived the camphor-exploiting colonial days. Maybe because it was such a mutant. Hope the human interference doesn’t cause breaks in the bark and other bad effects. If the human structures interfere with the skin, fungus and bacteria could affect the integrity of the mighty stand.

    I never thought I’d stand up for a camphor laurel’s rights. These trees are a pest back home.

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