Singapore Trees

This week my niece (or should I say one of my nieces, for I have many…) is turning TEN! She is becoming quite the young lady! In honor of her birthday I am writing a blog post to answer one of her recent questions to me.

The other day on Skype my niece asked me, “What are the trees like in Singapore?” Since it was my night time, I wasn’t able to show her. And I realized it is quite hard to describe trees without pictures (or video)!

It may seem odd, but I am glad to have an excuse to take pictures of the trees and write a post about them. The reason is that the lush greenery, and especially the trees, are one of my favorite things about Singapore. They help you forget that you’re living in a busy city. I know that when I move back to the States I will miss the unique trees that have become a familiar sight to me.

One of the unique-to-a-Marylander-like-me aspects of many of the trees here is how the canopy of leaves is only at the top of the tree concentrated at the end of the branches.

My favorite: Trees with a flat canopy up top

My favorite: Trees with a flat canopy up top

It is interesting to me how the branches go every which way but are without leaves until the top of the tree. It makes the tree look like it had a haircut up top and someone removed all the leaves underneath.

But other trees that aren’t flat at the top also have this feature of leaves being at the end of the branches.

The underside of a "rounder" topped tree

The underside of a “rounder” topped tree

I like how even “rounder” trees can have all of their leaves at the tips.

It makes the rounder tree look like it's been groomed (even though it hasn't)

It makes the rounder tree look like it’s been groomed (even though it hasn’t)

Since many of the branches of trees are often bare but shaded, it gives the opportunity for lots of vegitation to grow on the bark.

This huge tree has thick vines and other plants growing on it

This huge tree has thick vines and other plants growing on it

Sometimes the plants that piggy back on the bark are more interesting that the tree itself!

This tree has ferns and moss growing in all the crooks! This is VERY common.

This tree has ferns and moss growing in all the crooks! This is VERY common.

Beyond “normal” trees, we also have lots of trees that are more palm like.

(Forgive me. I am not the botanist of the family. So I don’t know the names or proper terms to describe trees. And I might even have some of my classifications or descriptions incorrect. I would welcome more information/corrections if anyone wants to share them!)

Some Palm trees gracing the entrance to our local McD's and mall

Some Palm trees gracing the entrance to our local McD’s and mall

The types of trees that have palms rather than leaves on them are hugely carried and have greatly expanded my idea of a “palm tree.”

This palm looks like fans all bunched together!

This palm looks like fans all bunched together!

This type of tree (whatever it is) always draws my curiosity at how it is fanned out:

Look at the unique flat fanned out pattern

Look at the unique flat fanned out pattern (in front of the nearby police station)

Maybe this gives you a glimpse of why I love the trees that are native to the landscape and make this place feel like home.

Here's my home and the trees that surround it.

Here’s my home and the trees that surround it.

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One response to “Singapore Trees

  1. Thank you for sharing a glimpse. Trees is one thing we like about living here too, but vastly different types of trees than what you see daily!

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