|As certain it will fall like snowflakes, laying a romantic fragrant carpet of petals scattered around the floor.|
If only for the briefest of time.Spring has sprung, and with that follows a plethora of flowers eager to blossom and keep us in awe and appreciation for the beauty of Mother Nature.
Some of us may have mistaken appearances of cherry-blossom trees and will continually make this mistake...but of course but if you look closer, it's not gonna be the real Sakura since Malaysia climate is not suitable. Instead we have Tabebuia rosea(aka Sakura's twin sister).
In Malaysia, it is commonly known as "Cherry Blossoms or Sakura" tree and "tissue-paper" tree. Nicknames related to physical characteristics of its thin petals.
Tabebuia has more than 100 species, and in Malaysia, Tabebuia pentaphylla is most common and often planted along residential streets and in gardens, parks and recreation areas. The most common variety of colours most often seen are from the pink and white varieties.
And if you’re anything like us, you’d be dying to fly off to those areas to personally view nature close-up and view the sakura flowers (cherry blossoms) in Japan. But let's get back to reality since that travel is expensive and money doesn't grow on trees. You would most probably have to erase these dreams until you save enough money to travel.
You might not see beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom in Japan but you can be compensated by witness the the cherry blossom locally. Both flowers look equally beautiful to me, just my opinion.
The Tabebuia is native to Central and South America and the local people there called it ipê rosa, apamate, matilisguate and maquilishuat. It is the national tree of El Salvador. This elegant tree is commonly known in English as Pink tabebuia, Pink tecoma, Pink poui, Pink trumpet and Rosy trumpet.
|Usually I will zoomed past this road at Beranang but when it comes to "Malaysian Sakura"season, I will slow down and admire the beauty of these beautiful blossomed trees.|
|It was as if I'd entered another world. Scenery here never fails to take my breath away.|
|The trees bloom twice a year, usually around March and in June or July and come in hues of white, offwhite, light pink, lilac and pearl. Tabebuia requires a distinct dry season in order to burst into bloom|
| Local version have given you some ideas of what it may have been when you|
experience Japanese Hamani (“flower viewing”)
|Thin and translucent petals very much like facial tissue-paper|
|It takes up to 2 days to dry up. Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime.|
|Beautiful Yellow Flower, Tabebuia chrysantha|
|There is also this type of thin flower, like paper commonly found here. Bougainvillea, it locally called "Bunga Kertas" or Paper Flower in Malaysia. We have all kinds of colourful flowers blooming all year round|
|When blooming like you can see on the picture, you can been mistaken in Japan. It is more or less the same as in Japan cherry blossoming days come at the same time .|
|Most authentic sakura come into bloom once a year in Spring (March-April-May). Many cherry trees have no leaves when they bloom. After all the blossoms have fallen, whole tree is covered with new green leaves.|
Well most of us enjoy the view and appreciate the beauty of Tecoma trees (Tabebuia rosea) but to sweep is a problem as the flower is wet type when drop from the tree. Moreover it is not easy to sweep as the flower is soft and stick to the ground.
For those who maintain the cleanliness such as our local council,it will be a nightmare and they're glad it's over. As the old saying goes, One Man's Treasure Is Another Man's Trash.