The Sala Tree
The Sala Tree is called a tree with seven leaves, as there are seven leaves in one bunch of it. The Sala Tree is from India. It was said that Sakyamuni’s birth and nirvana as well as his missionary work were all happened under the Sala Trees. Therefore, the Sala Tree is regarded as the holy tree in Buddhism. The Sala Tree we have seen here is about 600 year old. Now, let’s go inside to see the Emperor Tree and the Empress Tree.
The Emperor Tree and The Empress Tree
These two high ginkgo trees we have seen are the most wel-known ancient trees in Beijing. The tree in east is called the Emperor Tree, which was granted by Emperor Qianlong when he came to Tanzhe Temple for incense offering. The tree is about 1,000 year old. It’s said that there was a new branch growing up from the root and came into the old trunk once there was a new emperor access to the throne, while there was an old branch falling down from the tree once there was an old emperor passed away. When Pu Yi, the Last emperor of China, came to visit Tanzhe Temple, he ever pointed at a little branch in north-eastern side of the Emperor Tree and told people who hosted him for fun that the it was him and grew up to be inclined tree because he was not a good emperor. The ginkgo tree in west is called the Empress Tree. It looks like the wife tree of the Emperor one, but it isn’t a female tree. So it’s impossible for the couple trees to have ginkgo fruits.
Everything Being Auspicious Tree
Outside of Vairochana Pavilion, there is a tree called Everything Being Auspicious in south-western side. It is a twining tree of cypress and persimmon. In Chinese pronunciation, the combination of cypress and persimmon, Bai-Shi-Ru-Yi, means everything being auspicious. Local people believe that once you touch the tree, you would obtain good luck. Especially to a couple just married, once they touch the tree, they would have a life-long happy marriage to ripe old age.
Magnolia Denudata Called Two Beauties of Qiao
In front of Vairochana Pavilion, there is a rare and precious magnolia denudata tree. It is called Flowers as Two Beauties of Qiao. It is said that in Three-Kingdoms Period there was a Lord Qiao In Eastern Wu Kingdom who had two beautiful daughters. Lord Qiao’s two daughters were the most attractive ladys at that time. The elder sister married the King Sun Ce while the younger one married the General Zhou Yu. The flower in this tree is purple in white. Attracted by its dedication and charms, people named it after Two Beauties of Qiao.