Intriguing Facts About Wayside Trees You Probably Didn’t Know

#4 Saraca

Commonly named “Sorrowless Tree”, this species (Saraca indica) is considered to be sacred by both the Hindus and Buddhists. The Hindus regard the tree as a symbol of love and dedicate it to the deity Lord Rama, while the Buddhists believe that Sakaymuni Buddha was born under this tree. The roadside tree may also be sighted in temple grounds as its orange clusters of flowers are often used in religious offerings and thought to protect children from grief.

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#5 Yellow Flame

The Yellow Flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum) is one of the most planted trees in Singapore’s streetscape. The tree boasts a wide-spreading crown, providing ample shade in the sunny urban environment. The flowers are yellow and crinkly like tissue paper, often covering only the top of the tree. During the unprecedented dry spell in 2014, the Yellow Flame was one of the few drought-tolerant roadside trees that survived well in spite of the heat. The aboriculture of this tree species has greatly reduced roadside irrigation costs and conserved valuable water resource locally.

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#6 Golden Shower Tree

Not to be confused with the Yellow Flame is the the Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) from the same botanical family. When this tree is in full bloom, the yellow pendulous flowers hang down in beautiful clusters like a curtain. The leaves and flowers are particularly important to the Hindus as they are used in religious offerings during the Vishu festival.

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