1800 plus Old Tree

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1800 plus Old Tree

Postby TIM » Oct 11th, '12, 23:06

http://society.yunnan.cn/html/2012-10/1 ... 434177.htm

Ba Da Puerh Tree King Died :( How many more left?

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby 135F2 » Oct 11th, '12, 23:16

Does it say how or why it died?

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby TIM » Oct 11th, '12, 23:17

Natural cause. RIP

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby debunix » Oct 11th, '12, 23:23

From my best guess with google translate help, it was the oldest documented tea tree, estimated age 1800 years, and died of a combination of lightning strike, stress of changing environment, and general old age.

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby shah82 » Oct 12th, '12, 00:13

Qianzhizhai tree, Bangwei tree and Fengqing hongjiazhuqing tree. Funny how I've never heard of a specific Jingmai tree, given the HeShihua labeling of millenium tea. I also believe that there could be a Bulang tree here and there that's pretty old.

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby TwoDog2 » Oct 12th, '12, 02:30

debunix wrote:... died of a combination of lightning strike, stress of changing environment, and general old age.


What a way to go...

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby zhi zheng » Oct 12th, '12, 05:43

The reports I've seen say that the tree had been infested with termites and other insects, and that the trunk core was hollowed out. Wind and rain erosion allegedly contributed to it's weakening as did some rot, impairing it's nutrient absorption ability.

society.yunnan.cn doesn't seem to specifically mention the lightening strike, though the tree was certainly struck by lightening some years ago.

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby BioHorn » Oct 12th, '12, 16:36

Looks like wind could have easily toppled it!

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Re: 1800 plus Old Tree

Postby Evan Draper » Oct 12th, '12, 17:54

RIP. The bigger they are, the harder they fall....

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