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