SPRING is the season to catch a glimpse of the beautiful pink and purple-coloured flowers of the Moulmein Rose Wood (Milliettia ovalifolia) tree.
It seems that the flowers of the tree change colour everyday – if one day it is all green, the next day the branches bloom like clusters of little pink pearls.
The pleasing shades of pink and purple of the Moulmein Rosewood tree adorn the roads of Sectors 2/11 and 3/10 in Chandigarh, and Sectors 6 and 8 in Panchkula.
The magnificent beauty of the flowers can also be spotted in Sectors 17, 28, 40, 43 and parts of Industrial Area phase 1.
A small to medium size tree, the Moulmein Rosewood is a native of Indo-China and Malayan regions and is abundantly found in forest areas of Dehradun and the Shivalik ranges.
It’s a deciduous tree, mostly planted on the avenues for its ornamental value and is perfect for parks. However, according to the ‘Tree Directory of Chandigarh’, its economic benefits rate it as a fish and arrow poison and as an insecticide.
The blushing pea-shaped lilac and mauve flowers of the Moulmein Rosewood look like jewels on a string throughout spring and early summer. They flower from April to May. It’s a hardy and durable tree that can take to almost all kinds of soil provided it’s well drained.
The fact that it can stand the pollution of urban cities quite well makes it even more endearing. Also, the low hanging branches and the umbrella-like canopy allows a welcome privacy treasured by the lovebirds. It’s time to enjoy the glorious sight till it lasts.