hongkongers have made the habit of chasing red leaves in the autumn in recent years. i wonder when will people start chasing new leaves in early summer.
nature is full of wonder. tree leaves turn red before they fall in cold/dry season. and, many trees give red or pink new leaves too. that is because the colour green comes from chlorophyll in the plant molecules and it does not exist right from birth to some plants. it needs time to grow.
peepal tree gives a soothing pink during new leaf season. its tree crown is majestic. its leaves are delicate and elegant in its shape and vein. the drip tip gives a perfect ending note to each blade of leaf.
the tree is sacred to buddhist as the buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. one phenomenon of this tree worth noting, quote from wikipedia:
the leaves of this tree move continuously even when the air around is still and no perceptible wind is blowing. this phenomenon can be explained due to the long leaf stalk and the broad leaf structure. however, religious minded people in hindu/buddhist religion attribute this movement of the leaves to the fact that “devas” or “gods” reside on these leaves and make it move continuously.
菩提榕 peepal tree (ficus religiosa) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: rosales 薔薇目 | family: moraceae 桑科 | genus: ficus 榕屬 | species: f. religiosa 菩提樹