BUTTERWORTH: With thousands of pink Tecoma flowers dropping from the trees every second, Thai tourist Siriwan Wong couldn’t help but admire the picturesque scene.
The 63-year-old woman from Bangkok and her friend BL Tan, 60, were among many who stopped and got out of their vehicles in Jalan Todak in Seberang Jaya here to experience the soft fluffy flowers falling on them.
“We have Tecoma trees back in Thailand but they are not planted in a stretch so close together.
“I’ve never seen something so beautiful before. These photos taken will be a memory of my stay here,” said Wong yesterday.
Similarly, Tecoma trees along Jalan Pinang Tunggal and Jalan Paya Keladi in Kepala Batas were also in full bloom with white and pink flowers in the shade of cherry blossoms hanging on trees along the roads.
Although an annual phenomena, motorists would still stop to take photos of the flowers dropping from the trees and carpeting the ground below them.
Meanwhile, on the island, the Tecoma trees can be spotted at the Bayan Lepas industrial area, along the Sungai Nibong highway, in the compound of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and along Jalan Mahsuri in Bayan Baru.
Management executive Chew J-Yin, 24, said it felt like autumn in Penang with the flower petals falling down.
“The scenery is so beautiful. The pink flower petals brighten up the surrounding industrial area,” she said.
USM student Cheong Zhi Xuan said she and her friends were very excited when they saw the Tecoma trees blooming in the university.
“We took so many pictures under the tree.
“This is my first time seeing this in Malaysia. It is so beautiful, just like the sakura flowers in Japan,” said the 22-year-old economics student.
Also excited to see the blooming Tecoma trees was communications student Joan Chang, 24.
“I first saw the Tecoma tree near a supermarket in Ayer Itam.
“A lot of people flocked to the place to take photos of the beautiful scenery.
“I also saw a lot of nice pictures of the Tecoma trees on my friend’s Facebook page,” she said.
Tecoma is a type of forest tree that comes into full bloom during the dry season, normally twice a year in March and June or July.
Any rain during its flowering period will cause the flowers to drop.