'Cherry Blossoms' In Malaysia: Where To See Them This Month
Similar to the sakura blossoms of Japan, Tecoma trees in Malaysia bloom in the pink or white varieties. These delicate blooms resemble little trumpets, with soft tissue paper-like petals that have earned it the nickname of 'tissue paper tree'. From February to March, these trees bloom their fullest in dry seasons that follow spells of heavy rain, drawing admiration from onlookers and Instagrammers looking to pepper their feeds with sakura snapshots. Even if you can't catch the famed sakura blossoms in Japan, Taiwan or South Korea this year, consider instead a visit to these quaint locations in Malaysia, from Penang to Kedah.
From towering trees in recreational parks to wispy blooms by the roadside, Tecoma trees in Penang are a thing of beauty. Taman Bagan Lalang in Butterworth (pictured above) is one such place to see the trees standing proudly over blossom covered roads. These blossoms can also be found in places like Taman Sri Nibong Recreational Park and Bay Avenue in Bayan Lepas or along Jalan Dato Keramat in George Town.
The Penang Sakura San San San (or 333) project was even launched in 2020 with the goal of planting 333 Tecoma trees in George Town as part of the Penang city council's mission to plant 33,333 trees over a five-year period.
Shutterbugs like Patrick Teow (@heartpatrick on Instagram) can't enough of the Tecoma trees blooming vividly on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, from the roadsides of Setapak to the street along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) exit to the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Gombak. You can even see sprays of bright pink as near the Gombak Toll and along Jalan Batu Muda in Sentul. The road along Jalan Danau Saujana 1 is also lined with Tecoma trees.
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You'll also find a flurry of photos on Instagram of Taman Tasik Cyberjaya, where boulevards lined with white and pink Tecoma trees stand proudly. You can also head to Taman Putra Perdana to capture more showers of pink blossoms on roads and parked cars.
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Alor Setar, Kedah
Did you know that Kota Setar district in Kedah has over 500 Tecoma trees? Year after year, this destination has wowed locals and visitors with its abundance of pink and white blossoms. This year, the sakura craze continues, and it's no surprise that photos of Lagenda Height in Sungai Petani by photographer @bisousparis have gone viral on social media. Other picturesque locations to see these blossoms include the AlBukhary Mosque in Alor Setar as well as the streets of Jalan Kuala Kedah, Jalan Langgar and Jalan Yan.
Outside of Alor Setar, Tecoma blossoms are blooming in Taman Tasik Putra in Kulim.
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A popular place to see Tecoma trees in Melaka is Masjid Tanah in Alor Gajah (pictured above), where netizens in the area are busy snapping and sharing photos taken in Durian Tunggal. Other towns and townships in Melaka where these elusive blooms can also be found include Lendu, Rembia, Taman Cheng, Paya Rumput, Klebang Besar and Sungai Udang.
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Tasik Y Recreational Park in Batu Pahat, Johor is a great family-friendly spot to sit and watch blossoms fall in cascades from the towering Tecoma trees.