苦楝處處 china berry trees bloom time

「三月苦戀,四月相思」,這是學植物賞樹者很上心頭也常引的一句語。說的是樹種的花季,苦楝開花後相思隨之,卻有種哀怨浪漫的聯想。

這星期天色陰暗,少了陽光,苦楝的花色中的紫透不出光彩,濃密的花叢看似蒼灰,似乎更呼應上述的情懷。

近日穿梭長沙灣,發現這個老舊社區中公園以至行道樹有很多壯大的苦楝。

每遇一棵,禁不住站在樹下,細意端視每顆花帶出的紫霞。然後走離不遠,再呼吸空氣中飄蕩的花香;苦楝開花可以濃得不可以,花薰太近或感有點嗆,走遠一點,有了距離就美。

chinaberry is common in this city and now is the high time of its blossoms.

the flowers are very pretty but the colour is less fleshy and the fact that they are tiny and always come in quantity may blur the prettiness when looking the tree by far.

yet you cannot miss this lovely species because giving it enough space, the tree climbs tall and deliver a handsome canopy shape. the secret weapon is its perfume.

i have written about china berry every year but i still want to tell again this year because lately when i was around cheung sha wan i found many tall and mature china berry there. all blossoming away.

indeed there is no lack of joy and surprises in this city.

長沙灣徑  cheung sha wan path

瓊林街  king lam street

保安道遊樂場  po on road playground

苦楝 chinaberry (melia azedarach) -  植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 / angiosperms | 雙子葉植物綱 / eudicots | (unranked): rosids | 無患子目 sapindales order | 楝科 meliaceae family | 楝屬 melia genus | 種: m. azedarach species  (source: wiki)

 

previous posts on china berry in this blog 此部落有關苦楝專文:《又到苦楝時 season of chinaberry is here》、《苦楝快影 quick snap: china berry (melia azedarach)》、《三月苦楝 china berry flowers

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