Penang’s Tecoma trees transform streets into enchanting ‘Sakura’ wonderland

By Audrey Dermawan – March 13, 2024

GEORGE TOWN: Penangites have been flocking to various parts of the state since the start of the month to witness a ‘Sakura’ spring.

Streets are lined with flowering trees, their petals painting the scene in shades of pink, purple, and white.

The sight is truly breathtaking, offering a glimpse of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms right here in Penang. Shutterbugs took the opportunity to snap their pictures amongst the Sakura flowers, the common name of which is Tecoma (Tabebuia rosea).

According to Penang Botanic Gardens research officer, D. Thachayni, it is that time of the year again when the Tecoma trees are in full bloom and showing up along our streets, with the flowering season usually stretching from February to April.

She said as Penang had a strong dry period early this year, the subsequent rainfall had triggered the flowering of the Tecoma.

A close-up shot of the Tecoma (Tabebuia rosea).- Pic credit: NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

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