彩葉季節 leaves-watching season

往大棠賞紅葉這兩三年變成冬季的常態郊遊節目,表示香港人開始懂得本地寶,但也顯示香港人一貫的一窩蜂行徑。

the last two to three years, locals love rushing to tai tong, yuen long every winter to chase after the winter reds. this is a good sign, in one sense. hongkongers are increasingly aware of the local nature treasures.

yet winter colours are around us. why the crowd and rush.

本時節,城內舉頭,盡是色彩,葉換色,樹結果,還有植物是冬季開花的。此文先集中說葉。不少本部落之前寫過,但這次以冬季集結他們。

winter is never gloomy in hong kong. there are flowers and fruits season in winter, bringing us many colours and shapes, texture and fragrance. but this post is focusing on the leaves and their colours. 

楓香 sweet gum (liquidambar formosana) - 本地品種 native to hong kong

先說楓香,即大棠賞的紅葉樹。此樹香港常見。我愛到大潭郊野公園和兵頭花園觀賞。

one main reason local swamp tai tong is the sweet gum. this tree actually is commonly seen around the city. two of my favorite spots are tai tam country park and the botanic gardens.

sweet gum botanic parks jan15 sweet gum tai tam jan15

烏桕 chinese tallow (sapium sebiferum) - 原產中國 native to china

楓香葉形容易辨認,掌狀三裂如簡化了的星形。而烏桕的葉形比前者更柔美,細膩的菱形。由於葉小而密,當葉變黃而後紅,整棵樹像掛著十計百計的心心。

sweet gum leaves are in the shape of simple star with three points. chinese tallow is also having lovely leaves. the leaves are tender-looking, in the shape of rhombus. when looking the leaves in yellow and orange in a distance, i always feel that there are many little hearts dangling and swinging in the wind.

ch tallow jan15

銀杏 ginkgo (ginkgo biloba) - 原產中國 native to china

我認為,銀杏擁有世上最美麗的樹葉。扇形,二分裂或全緣,葉脈和葉子平行。葉在一年生枝上螺旋狀散生。冬季葉轉銀金色,然後落下。

in my opinion, ginkgo leaves are the most beautiful leaves in the world. in fact the leaves are as unique as the species itself. ginkgo is called a living fossil as its history traced way back. the leaves are in amazing fan shapes and veins run parallel with the leaf blades. leaves turn golden in winter before shedding.

gingko jan15

梧桐 chinese parasol tree (firmiana simplex) - 中國、日本原生 native to china and japan

說到秋葉,一定想到梧桐。梧桐葉寬大而美,且最知季節更替。

one topic often appears in chinese literature is the connection between autumn and the fallen leaves of chinese parasol tree. the leaves are big and handsome looking. they turn yellowish brown when cold season approaches.

ch parasol jan15

野漆樹 wax tree (rhus succedanea) - 亞洲原生 native to asia

野漆葉修長纖美,尤其上了紅裝的時候。

wax tree leaves are so sharp-looking in the wild during winter. they turn fire-red before shedding.

wax tree jan15

落羽杉 bald cypress (taxodium distichum) – 原生北美 native to north america

冬日遇到一列的落羽杉,就如遇到夢境。紅的系列有那麼多變化-棕銅酒紅橙。風向對的時候還有抹抹樹香。

a line of bald cypress in winter is a spectacle, a display of earth-colour, brown, burgundy, orange – a spectrum of red. above all these colour wonders, if you can get near to the trees, a sweet incense is in the air.

bald cypress botanic p jan15 bald cypress wetland p jan15

異葉爬牆虎 parthenocissus tricuspidata (japanese creeper) – 日本、朝鮮、華北原生 native to japan, korea and north china

異葉爬牆虎在我們周圍,默默地爬牆,為我們的城市四季添上不同色彩。

this common and commercial plants are under-appreciated by city dwellers. the green and soothing effects in summer and the pretty colour variation in winter they provided are wonderful.

jap creepers jan15

朴樹 chinese hackberry (celtis sinensis) – 華東、香港原生 eastern china and hong kong native

我想比較少人會賞朴樹,但我很喜歡這種樸實、常見的落葉樹,他擁有典型而老實的大樹造型,葉片也是同樣風格。每年冬季,樹慢慢褪綠漸黃,再隨風撒下。

chinese hackberry is such a down-to-earth tree buddy to this city. i particularly love this tree in winter. they take time to change colours, dark green slowly faded and eventually to earthy yellow. yet this colour before shedding is such a warm and adorable colour under the winter sun. they then fall and form pretty foliage carpet around. ch hackberry jan15

 

 

前年今季 a winter post back in 2013: 《冬色 winter colours in jan 2013

winter colours jan15

 

 

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