Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holy grail of the Yellow rain tree

'Yellow' rain tree - Samanea saman
Location : Taman Botani Perdana , Kuala Lumpur.

Taman Botani Perdana
 We can create a perpetual autumn in our tropical landscape.  It is a matter of selecting the correct tree species.  One tree that can serve this purpose well is the rain tree ( Samanea saman), not the common kind but an "albino" of the species.  Some assign a new name to it as  the 'Yellow' rain tree due to the strong yellow pigmentation of its leaves.  I found that at the Taman Botani Perdana in Kuala Lumpur recently, the gardens people have begun to re-group a half dozen or so of these yellow form of rain tree at a certain location in order to have them provide the maximum effect of a perpetual autumn look.  It is a right thing to in order to provide vibrant colour to the cool green wash of our local  urban landscape.  It is no exaggeration to say that if anyone can propagate this variety or form, he or she can be a multi-millionaire very quickly.  But how?  To replicate by cloning has not been known to bear any result.  Further, this yellow form has not been known to produce pods or seeds.  So there you are, if you want to get rich try beat this holy grail of the Yellow rain tree.

The long and variegated leaves of the Pandanus sanderi with stilt roots
Taman Botani Perdana, KL.

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