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#ThursdayTreeLove : Pink Joy

I am re-doing some of my previous tree posts to join in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul.

If you love trees like me, maybe you would like to hop across to my posts during my days in Bangalore. I went nuts at the variety of the flowering trees that I could sight in the garden city. Plus the huge trees formed such a gorgeous canopy overhead that I could just gape in wonder.

Its said that when Kempegowda was planning the layout of Bangalore city, he devised a design whereby every month the city would change colours. This is achieved by planting the flowering trees in a specific sequence. It is a brilliant thought plan and I am astounded at his ingenuity.


The city is painted a new hue – Pink!

Gentle pink!

A soft Pink!!

Kinda like the baby pink!!!

That was my first impression when I saw these huge trees, burgeoning with fat bunches of pink blossoms all over the Bangalore city. Its like someone sprayed these trees pink and took away most of the leaves; leaving behind a huge pink fountain.

The trees are the Pink Trumpet flower tree or Tabebuia Rosea – national tree of El Salvador. These are also called the Pink Poui trees. These are one of the many exotic flowering trees in Bangalore and seem to do well in the climate of this city.

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The sight of its profuse flowering lifts every heart, as can be seen on every nook and corner of Bangalore city these days. And thats exactly how I have been feeling like! Every time I chance upon one of these pink beauties; it feels like my heart is going to burst with joy.

These gorgeous trees start blooming in winters (Bangalore winters) and seem to shed all their leaves. Infact, they bloom in three different colors – magenta, bright yellow and the soft pink. The latter two are in season now, rendering the sidewalks carpeted in pink blossoms.

As one stands under a tree, it seems to shed a few of its blossoms every second or so; these float down gently and cover every thing from parked cars, to nariyal pani stands and vegetable stalls. I loved the sight of these softly falling blossoms; its as if time stands still to allow them to drift down slowly – ever so slowly, down onto the earth.

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I woke up early today to photograph some of them in their glory as their life is very short and soon these will be covered with leaves after shedding all the flowers. I missed out on the flowering of the magenta ones as their season was very short. But these I can share with you all.

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I love this facet of bangalore – the different hues of flowering trees which dot the cityscape so beautifully, rendering the city a character unlike any.


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23 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove : Pink Joy

    1. Thank you so much Santa!!! I simply love the sight of these trees in bloom; especially in Jayanagar; they are in a line over there. Will probably go and shoot them tomorrow if I can manage to get up early enough

    1. Thank you Anu. I simply love the sight of these too!! glad to see so many of us enjoy it. Lets hope and pray that the tree cutting spree of the government spares these atleast!!

  1. I have seen two types of pink flowering trees in Bangalore.
    One is comparatively smaller in height and with full of flower and leaf width is more. Other type of pink flowering tree with larger in height and flower is comparatively lesser than the first one. Its leaf size is larger in height and width is less. Could you please provide some more inputs like names/Identify factors/ etc on this.
    Quick reply is highly appreciated.

    1. I was in love with it Parul and on my recent trip was looking for it but I thin lot of the trees were missing from their usual spots which was quite sad to see!! I couldnt go to Cubbon park as they are in a majority there or rather used to be!!!

  2. I always thought this tree was a kind of Cassia. Funnily enough I too wanted to capture a tree with pink flowers but by the time I got around to doing it the beautiful fresh pink turned into a faded pale shade…already tired with Mumbai’s April sun

    1. Not sure which is the Cassia tree. Really wish you have been able to capture the pic- would have loved to see!! πŸ™‚

  3. What a wonderful way to plan a city. I was just over at Esha’s blog and she had some gorgeous cherry blossoms there and now your post here is also all pink. The flowers are absolutely dreamy.
    I used to think trees with pink flowers aren’t too common. I’m used to the reds and yellows of the North Indian summer.

    1. Pinks are more common than we think but yes the harsh Indian sun makes us thinks so. SO many wildflowers are pink and shades of pinks in that. I just saw plenty of them in Uttarakhand and was so glad to have sighted them!!

  4. Your post and the beautiful photos made me home sick all over again. Missing Namma Bengaluru! Very nicely written post and I was not aware about the colour coding ideas of Kempegowda. Good info! πŸ™‚ Loved reading your post.

    1. Thanks so much Anjana; glad to hear my post made you connect to your memories. I loved the trees in Bangalore; they are just stupendously gorgeous!!

  5. Bangalore becomes lovely in spring and the best part of this city is there are flowering trees along the roads. It is good to know there was a times when this city was developed in a planned way and trees were a part of the plan because these days trees are deemed to be spoiling the plan and hence are mercilessly done away with.

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