Where The Wild Things Are

Tanglin Halt, imbued with all the typical trappings of an old estate- altars, small grocery shops selling biscuits from traditional tins and jars, and a hawker centre of a most nostalgic sort- used to be home to a number of HDB blocks that have since been demolished, as well as a set of train tracks…

Seashore Ardisia (Ardisia elliptica)

The funny thing about landscaping is that plants often end up growing where they otherwise wouldn’t. Such as this seashore ardisia (Ardisia elliptica), which despite being a coastal plant by nature, certainly wasn’t remotely near any shoreline when I walked past it. But it looked to be growing fine, putting forth its clusters of pink…

Syzygium myrtifolium

Syzygium myrtifolium is a common fixture along roadsides, mostly as small shrubs pruned into a nice neat hedge. In tropical Singapore, where seasons are nowhere to be found, its orange-red new foliage provides a lovely pop of colour to an otherwise green landscape. New growth can be coaxed out (rather brutally) with a bit of…

Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.)

Spring has allegedly arrived, although the snowy skies in Connecticut might not have gotten the memo. This was always the time of the year I liked the most (or maybe second most, tough competition between this and autumn), when the flowers would start to bloom. It wasn’t just the colour and weather- there was always…

Wild Cinnamon (Cinnamomum iners)

Raging plant hormones nudged the tree nearby into blooming profusely, so much so that it changed the colour palette of the entire tree. And try as I might, googling ‘small white flowers tree Singapore’ really wasn’t giving me any answers with regards to its elusive identity. Eventually, after giving up, I chanced upon a write-up…

Sea Apple (Syzygium grande)

Now this fellow, despite its rather slim trunk with roots precariously jutting out the top of the soil, I might add, has nonetheless managed to attain an impressive height. The bark of the tree is rough and greyish, and the trunk is often fluted. Syzygium grande, more commonly known as the sea apple, is a…