Sakura cherry blossoms tecoma

blooming tecoma trees by the side of the field between Jalan Yeoh Ah Khoon and Jalan Carlos in Ipoh Garden

While not everyone has the privilege to fly to Japan to witness the beautiful blossoming to cherry trees, those of us in Ipoh, and some parts of Malaysia, can enjoy our very own localised Sakura season in our backyard.

Sakura cherry blossoms tecoma

view from afar

These photos of tecoma trees were taken at the field between Jalan Yeoh Ah Khoon and Jalan Carlos in Ipoh Garden. Looking like cherry blossoms from afar, they make an equally captivating sight.

Sakura cherry blossoms tecoma

pretty in pink against a bright blue sky

The scientific name of this ornamental tree is Tabebuia pentaphylla (also Tabebuia rosea, Tecoma rosea and Tabebuia punctatissima). In Malay, it is pokok kertas tisu, literally translated as “tissue paper tree” in English.

Sakura cherry blossoms tecoma

a branch of the fragile flowers hanging on

From what I’ve read, the tecoma trees only start to flower after six years, and the flowers are either white or pink, with yellow in the middle.

Sakura cherry blossoms tecoma

close-up shot

Its flowering season is in March and July, normally after a long, dry spell.

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