Taken this morning, this tree in my neighbourhood park was almost completely bald. The recent hot and dry spell must have caused it to shed its leaves. So it is a deciduous tree after all!
Frankly, I think this post surpassed the one on Grevillea in terms of the number of photos because I just cannot decide which photos to drop.
I love Sterculia trees because of the interesting beautiful flowers. In an earlier post, I talked about the Sterculia rubiginosa at HortPark. When I first saw this flowering S. cordata, I fell in love with its strong architectural form and branches. So I planted a few at HortPark but they are still so small in comparison to this huge one at my neighbourhood.
I do not know why the name of this tree is given the specific epithet cordata because I don't find the leaves having a distinct heart-shaped as characterized by the term. Anyway, there were just a few branches with leaves and flowers and that was all it took for me to snap away with my camera this morning. Midway, my camera batteries failed me and I had to come back a second time to continue with the photo taking.
It was just so irresistible. On the bare branches, I could see leaf buds and new leaves emerging from the tips and leaf nodes. I can almost imagine this tree planted as a solitary tree in the middle of a grass hill and me just lying beneath it on the grass, just admiring the beauty of this tree as I watch the clouds drift by. Hmm, how serene this all feels?