As the temperature starts rising, Bangalore’s streets turn pink as the Tabebuia trees start blooming with a host of pink and yellow flowers. The flowers transform areas into delightful spots. It’s enough to make one believe you’re not on the streets of Bangalore but the lanes of Tokyo.
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What are the Tabebuia trees?
Tabebuia trees are also known as trumpet trees. They are sometimes compared to large shrubs and very few species produce lumber. The trees are grown mostly for their blossoms. It is a native of the American Tropics.
Bangalore hosts a variant called the T. avellanedae or the pink trumpet. Other variants found in Bangalore include the Tabebuia rosea and the Tabebuia argentea.
The trees were first introduced to Bangalore by the British for their stylized colonial botanical aesthetic. Consequentially, they were planted as avenue trees in the 1980s by SG Neginhal, a celebrated horticulturist.
The flowering of the Tabebuia trees
The trees are fairly non-descript through the rest of the year. As the days get shorter, the trees start losing their leaves. They are replaced by buds that bloom during spring.
When the trees are in full bloom, leaves are virtually invisible and the tree looks like a pink cloud. Because of their beautiful pink hue and seasonal appearance, the trees are compared to the sakura trees in Japan and the cherry blossom season.
Where can you see these flowers?
Cubbon Park is home to many beautiful Tabebuia trees. You can also appreciate these flowers in Indira Nagar, the Silk Board Junction, Kundanahalli Gate, Basavanagudi, Yelahanka and Koramangala.
Go for a drive down the roads before traffic can begin to pile up or make the flowers your reason to step out for a morning jog.