ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today joined Her Excellency Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, in a tree planting ceremony at the National Arboretum Canberra.
"A Red toon (Toona sinensis) was planted today to represent our commitment to strengthening the relationship between our two countries and, in particular, the ties between the people of the ACT and Thailand," the Chief Minister said.
The Red Toon is a deciduous tree native to eastern and south-eastern Asia and is perfect for inclusion at the National Arboretum as it is resilient to frost.
Growing at a fast rate, the Red Toon grows to a height of 25 metres with a canopy of approximately eight metres. The flowers that occur in summer diffuse a powerfully rich scent.
Elements of the tree can be used in a variety of ways. It is used as a traditional Chinese medicine; cultivated for its edible leaves which contain Vitamin A and protein; and the wood is used for furniture making, window frames and incense."
"Prime Minister Shinawatra's visit to the Arboretum and Australia coincides with the 60th Anniversary of the Bilateral Relationships between our two countries," the Chief Minister concluded.
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