Singapore decked with pretty-in-pink 'sakuras' as trumpet tree flowers bloom

Trumpet trees flowering in Singapore along Central Expressway, near Moulmein Flyover. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)

It’s the time of the year that Singapore’s floral version of Japan’s beloved cherry blossoms blooms again as trumpet tree flowers deck pavements and road dividers across the island in a sea of pink.

The trumpet tree, whose scientific name is Tabebuia rosea, is commonly planted in Singapore as a shade-providing tree. Native to tropical rainforests across South America, the tree got its name from its trumpet-shaped flowers. Its flowers may be pink or white depending on the tree.

The National Parks Board, or NParks, posted numerous photographs of the trumpet tree flowers in full bloom at locations such as Singapore River, Hougang and Zion Road on its Facebook page on Monday (10 September).

“Our Trumpets are blooming around Singapore!” said NParks in its post. “Planted along roadsides and parks, they provide us with shade and also a spectacular show of pink blooms when their flowers fall to the ground.”

Facebook users also responded to NParks’ post by attaching photos of the flowers that they have seen in locations such as Kim Seng Park, Queen Street and Changi Business Park.

Oh Cheow Sheng, NParks’ group director of streetscape, told Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore that there are two flowering seasons in Singapore – the first season typically occurs in March and April, and the second usually between August and September.

“The flowers are especially brilliant when heavy showers occur after a hot and long dry spell. As such, we encourage members of the public to keep a lookout for early signs of flowering when heavy showers occur following a long dry spell,” said Oh.

Here are more pictures of the beautiful trumpet trees from NParks:

Flowering trumpet trees on Hougang Street 22. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)
Flowering trumpet trees along the Singapore River. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)
Flowers of the trumpet tree. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)
Trumpet trees flowering along Nicoll Highway. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)
Trumpet trees flowering along Zion Road. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)
Trumpet trees flowering along Central Expressway near Moulmein Flyover. (PHOTO: National Parks Board)

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