Te­coma blooms light up Alor Star

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: Keda­hans have some­thing to smile about despite the scorch­ing tem­per­a­ture and long dry spell — the colour­ful te­coma blooms.

The bell-shaped flow­ers in pink and white cre­ated an invit­ing sight for lo­cals who stopped by to take pho­to­graphs of the blos­som­ing trees.

Among the best places to view the flow­ers, which are also pop­u­larly known as sakura flow­ers, are in Jalan Lang­gar in­clud­ing in front of Masjid Al-Bukhary, Jalan Kuala Kedah, Jalan Gangsa and Jalan Batas Paip.

In the city alone, there are be­tween 500 to 600 te­coma trees.

Te­coma trees need hot weather to bloom and it will only last for two weeks.

“It is a sight for sore eyes. Once I saw brides and grooms pos­ing among Te­coma petals that cov­ered the ground be­low the trees,” said res­i­dent Nor Azlin Ab­dul Manaf in Jalan Sul­tanah here.

Azlin said the flow­ers bloomed once a year and when they do, it bright­ened the whole city.

Avid pho­tog­ra­pher Adi­lah Abdullah said the fallen petals pro­vided a can­vas for a charm­ing com­po­si­tion.

“The fallen petals are like large car­pets that in­vite you to sit down and relax your­self.”

The Alor Star City Coun­cil has in­cor­po­rated the te­coma trees (tebe­buia rosea species) in its land­scape project to beau­tify the city.

PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM

Lo­cals have some­thing to look for­ward to despite the dry spell as beau­ti­ful te­coma flow­ers bloom around the city.

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