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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Siamese Senna

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Siamese Senna flowers and seed pods

Thai Name – Kee-lek (ขี้เหล็ก)       Scientific Name – Senna siamea       Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)       Other English Names – kassod tree, cassod tree, Siamese cassia, Thai cassia, yellow cassia       Flowering Season – Year-round       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 10-20 meters       Siamese senna has beautiful bright yellow flowers with five scoop-shaped petals that burst out of a pea-sized bud. When viewed from up close, the long (15-25cm) flat… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Lanete

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lanete tree flower

Thai Name – Mok man (โมกมัน)       Scientific Name – Wrightia arborea       Family Name – Apocynaceae       Other English Names – Ivory, tree, dhudhi, woolly dyeing rosebay       Flowering Season – April-August       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 8-20 meters       Not a showy tree, lanetes have small (4-6cm) white widely spaced flowers; subtle but beautiful. It begins with five simple outer petals curving backwards and then later a small yellow-ish or… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Flame Tree

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flame tree flowers

Thai Name – Haang-nok-yuung farang (หางนกยูงฝรั่ง)        Scientific Name – Delonix regia        Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)        Other English Names – Flamboyant, Royal poinciana        Flowering Season – April-June        Native to Thailand – No        Typical Height – 6-12 meters        Not only are flame trees one of the world’s most beautiful flowering trees, the individual flowers, which look sort of like orchids, are also strikingly beautiful.… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Pink Shower Tree

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pink shower tree flower

Thai Name – Gan-la-pa-pruek (กัลปพฤกษ์), Ga-la-pruek (กาลพฤกษ์)       Scientific Name – Cassia bakeriana       Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)       Other English Names – Wishing tree, Pink cassia       Flowering Season – February-April       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 6-12 meters       Although the flowers are almost completely different, the pink shower tree is quite closely related to the golden shower tree and both are very showy with long lasting blooms. These open… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Calabura

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calabura tree flower

Thai Name – Da-cope farang (ตะขบฝรั่ง)       Scientific Name – Muntingia calabura       Family Name – Muntingiaceae       Other English Names – Strawberry tree, jam tree, Singapore cherry       Flowering Season – Year-round, but less in the cool season       Native to Thailand –No       Typical Height – 5-12 meters       One of the most understated flowering trees in Thailand, you could easily walk past a flowering calabura and not notice the small (1.5-2cm) solitary white flowers.… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Burma Padauk

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Burma padauk tree flowers and a bee

Thai Name – Bpra-duu (ประดู่)       Scientific Name – Pterocarpus macrocarpus       Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)       Flowering Season – March-April       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 15-30 meters       The Burma padauk goes from completely green to full of small (about 1.5 centimeters wide) yellow flowers overnight; and reverts back to all green again just as quickly after only a few days in bloom. The flowers turn into distinctive disc-shaped… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Silver Trumpet Tree

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silver trumpet tree flowers

Thai Name – Lueang Breedeeyatawn (เหลืองปรีดียาธร)       Scientific Name – Tabebuia aurea (some organizations use Tabebuia caraiba or Tabebuia argentea)       Family Name – Bignoniaceae       Other English Names – Caribbean trumpet tree       Flowering Season – February-April       Native to Thailand – No       Typical Height – 3-8 meters       When a silver trumpet tree is in full bloom the yellow flowers can entirely cover the tree’s crown. From a distance it can look like a… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Geiger Tree

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Geiger tree flowers

Thai Name – Man daeng (หมันแดง)       Scientific Name – Cordia sebestena       Family Name – Boraginaceae       Other English Names – Scarlet Cordia       Flowering Season – Year-round, but most abundant March-May       Native to Thailand – No       Typical Height – 6-9 meters       Geiger trees have vivid orange five-centimeter-wide flowers that grow in clusters at the ends of branches. From a distance these clusters look like giant orange balls and give the trees a… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Indian Cork Tree

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Indian cork tree flowers

Thai Name – Pip (ปีบ), Gasalawng (กาสะลอง)       Scientific Name – Millingtonia hortensis        Family Name – Bignoniaceae       Other English Names – Tree jasmine       Flowering Season – September-May       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 10-20 meters       The Indian cork tree is a tall, typically rather narrow tree with distinctive long (5-10cm) white fragrant flowers that bloom straight out and then later hang down. At a quick glance the flowers appear… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Pride of India

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Pride of India tree flowers

Thai Name – Intanin Nam (อินทนิลน้ำ)       Scientific Name – Lagerstroemia speciosa       Family Name – Lythraceae       Other English Names – Crepe Myrtle, Rose of India       Flowering Season – March-May       Native to Thailand –Yes       Typical Height – 10-20 meters       A very common street-side ornamental tree in Thailand, the Pride of India is unmistakable when it’s flowering. It has long (up to 40cm) pointy flower clusters ranging purple to pink; in Thailand they’re frequently… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Rain Tree

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rain tree flowers

Thai Name – Jamjuri (จามจุรี)       Scientific Name – Albizia saman (some organizations continue to use the former Samanea saman)       Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)       Other English Names – Monkey Pod       Flowering Season – February-May and September-November       Native to Thailand – No       Typical Height – 15-30 meters       Rain trees are very common in Thailand and are easily identified by their wide umbrella-shaped crowns supported by massive branches. Their unique flowers look… Read More

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Flowering Trees of Thailand – Golden Shower Tree

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golden shower tree flower

Thai Name – Ratchaphruek (ราชพฤกษ์), Khuen (คูน)       Scientific Name – Cassia fistula       Family Name – Fabaceae (Leguminosae)       Flowering Season – March-May       Native to Thailand – Yes       Typical Height – 8-12 meters       The golden shower tree is one of the most popular decorative trees in Thailand due to its massive hanging flower clusters that grow 30-50cm long and up to 7cm wide. At peak bloom you can barely see any green… Read More