Trees in bloom as weather hots up


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Mar 2005

BY ANTHONY TAN

ALOR STAR: The city is in bloom! More than 1,000 pink trumpet trees are flowering profusely in various parts of Alor Star, giving the city a fresh spring look during the current dreary dry weather. 

With the spectacular abundance of pinkish purple or white flowers, the trees are a welcome sight to city dwellers who had endured dry and mostly hot weather for over two months.  

In some cases, the trees are devoid of leaves and are simply a riot of flowers just like the cherry blossom in bloom. The blossoms also create a beautiful carpet of flowers on the ground when they drop. 

One government officer has likened the scenery to the Korean romance drama Winter Sonata, saying the dropping flowers looked like “falling snow”.  

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL: The trees with their pink and white flowers along Jalan Langgar in Alor Star are a welcome sight to locals and visitors alike.

Among the places where the trees can be found are Jalan Langgar, Lebuhraya Darulaman, Shahab Perdana, Jalan Kuala Kedah and a stretch of the North-South Expressway between here and Gurun. 

Ironically, it was the dry spell, which triggered off the flowering of the trees since last weekend, Kedah Malaysian Nature Society chairman Phang Fatt Khow said. 

He said the trees flowered very well in Kedah compared to other parts of the country due to the distinct dry season in the state. 

“They only bloom so profusely once a year, with the flowering season lasting only for about a week,” Phang said. 

He said the trumpet tree, which has its origins in South America, was introduced in Malaysia about 30 years ago. The scientific name for those trees with pink flowers was tabebuia rosea while those that produced white flowers were called tabebuia pentaphylla. 

Phang said they were commonly called trumpet trees because their flowers resembled trumpets. 

He commended the Alor Star City Council for planting these trees as they also provided good shade.  

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