Fascinating: Sakura Malaysia flowers adorn the roadsides at Jalan Gangsa in Alor Star. — Bernama
GEORGE TOWN: While Japan has sakura, Penang and Kedah too have their own cherry blossom that makes a picturesque scene.
Lining the roads along Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Jalan Sungai Ara 11, Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (near Queensbay Mall) and Lorong Bayan Indah 1 are the Tecoma trees (Tabebuia rosea) in white and pink, the shade of cherry blossom.
The fallen withered flowers turn the pavements into a bright and colourful carpet, prompting some motorists to stop their vehicles to take photographs.
Among them were best friends Vivien Lim and Yeoh Hui Ming, both 18, who were taking selfies of themselves with the trees in Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu yesterday.
“We’ve heard of it but have never seen such a full bloom. This is spectacular,” Lim said.
The Tecoma trees bloom twice a year (normally around March and in June or July).
Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens Society president Datuk Tengku Idaura Tengku Ibrahim said the Tecoma trees were from South America and the flowers bloomed for only about a week.