The trees of Singapore have long been a part of the city’s landscape, and they continue to play an important role in the cityscape today. The HortPark trees exhibit is a great way to learn about some of the most common (and some less common) trees found in Singapore. Along the main thoroughfare at HortPark are a series of trees planted based on the streets of Singapore.
Numerous streets of Singapore have been named after trees. One example is the tamarind tree. This tree is native to Africa, but it has been introduced to Singapore and other parts of Asia. The tamarind tree is known for its long, curved branches and its large, leathery leaves. This tree can grow up to 30 metres tall, and its fruit is used in many different cuisines around the world.
The false lime is another tree that is native to Africa, but it has been introduced to Singapore. This tree gets its name from its small, round fruits, which resemble limes. The false lime tree can grow up to 15 metres tall, and its fruit is often used in traditional medicines.
Both the tamarind tree and the false lime tree have given their names to roads in Singapore. Tamarind Road is a street in the north of Singapore, while the road named after the false lime is Jalan Merlimau, located in the centre of the island in the Novena area.
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Examples of both the tamarind tree and false lime can be found at HortPark along the Streets of Singapore exhibit.
Streets Of Singapore Trees At HortPark
If you do visit HortPark, take a moment to look at the various Streets of Singapore trees planted along the main path leading through the park. You may be able to find a tree that sounds like a place which is familiar to you.