RARE SIGHT­ING

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It’s been a mem­o­rable year weather-wise, and thanks to the cold win­ter and hot sum­mer, 2018 may also be the year the Em­menopterys hen­ryi trees bloom. In­tro­duced to Bri­tain in 1907 by the plant hunter Ernest Wil­son, Em­menopterys hen­ryi is a rare de­cid­u­ous tree from south­west China with fun­nel-shaped white flow­ers and white oval bracts that only ap­pear in the UK when the con­di­tions closely repli­cate those of its na­tive ar­eas. The first recorded flow­er­ing in the UK was in 1987 at Wake­hurst Palace; the tree didn’t flower again un­til 2011. This sum­mer, Borde Hill gar­den in Sus­sex re­ported its 90-year old tree had pro­duced a record num­ber of buds. If it flow­ers it will only be the fourth time it has flow­ered in its life­time. bor­de­hill.co.uk

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