Michelia champaca. Historical relevance. History - here is the material growing from a well document collection in China by George Forrest.
Beauty How tall
Value to landscape
How much to replace it
Who collected it How old
Image of the Octagonal Palm House taken in 1854. Note the Palm fronds breaking through the roof. Photographer: Dr. Duncan. Image: Archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Taken by Robyn Drinkwater
Image of the Sabal taken in 1874 after its move and ‘retubbing’ by James McNab and his team. Image: Archive of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Age Age - here is the Sabal palm of the RBGE Palm House through the ages.
Size Size - here is one of the tallest trees in the garden a giant redwood.
18728764A: Sequoia sempervirens
19699230B: Sorbus torminalis
Taxonomy - here is the individual tree from which the type material was collected.
Historical relevance History - here is the material growing from a well document collection in China by George Forrest.
Aesthetics Aesthetics - here is a Magnolia in flower, a tree known for its magnificent blooms.
19370515A: Magnolia denudata
One way is to look at the good the tree does to the environment via things we can measure.
The Ecosystem services.
See the ecosystem service value of more of the Trees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Treezilla http://www.treezilla.org/
The ecosystem services data in Treezilla comes from