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Silverbud willows get a home at forest park

SOME 10,000 silverbud willows were planted at Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park in Pudong yesterday.

The willows are native to Songjiang District.

The silverbud willows were known as one of the "three treasures of Shanghai" along with the wintersweet flowers in Jiading District and the narcissus in Chongming County.

The willows were almost extinct following heavy urbanization of the suburb. It was largely seen in the northern part of Songjiang and in the area where the Songjiang University Town stands now.

Both the areas have been heavily reconstructed and developed, greenery authorities said.

The 10,000 willows planted at the park in Pudong New Area were brought from Shuyang City in Jiangsu Province.

The Spring Festival will be the best time to appreciate these silverbuds, park operators said.

The willows are particularly favored by local residents, who use their branches at home during the Chinese Lunar New Year. The name silverbud willow also sounds like "leaving silver at home" in local dialect.

Chongming narcissus, 20,000 of which were planted in December, is known for its fragrance, beautiful shape and lasts for about 40 days. Jiading wintersweet flowers have also found homes in Guyi Garden and Zhenru Park in the city.


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