Red (ThursdayTreeLove)

One of the ( many) good things of ThursdayTreeLove is the visual treat of Fall colours – something that I want to see with my own eyes. Maybe some day. While we do have several deciduous trees here, they do not have such spectacular Fall colours . Instead we have many trees that throw out beautiful and amazing new foliage in Spring. But more about that another time.

The Terminalia catappa is one of our trees that does turn a brilliant red when it drops it leaves. Currently this species is most eye catching all over my city mainly for its red leaves as they prepare to fall off.

Looking up !

This native species is quite common in my city especially in gardens and by the roadsides.

Ready to drop leaves. The distinctive tree outline can be seen here.

The leaves are large, oval shaped and leathery in texture. Flowers are not showy but can be spotted easily if one looks for them. Terminalia catappa belongs to the Combretaceae family and is also commonly called Jungli Badam.

The inflorescence peeps out from behind the leaves!
Fruit is said to be edible.

Even without these red leaves, the Terminalia catappa is easily recognisable due to its distinctive growth pattern. The branches seem to grow in whorls stacked on top of each other.

When not dry, the leaves cast a welcoming cool shadow …. a great place to shelter from the blazing Sun.

I am sure many of you must have seen and admired this lovely tree.

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world. Better still, join in!

10 Replies to “Red (ThursdayTreeLove)”

  1. Indian Almond, I think is what it’s called here in the United States. It can grow in the Southern part of our state of Florida, which I’ve only been to (the southern part) a couple of times. What a lovely tree!

  2. Those red leaves that stand out from all that green is such a pretty sight! Quite like fall foliage no?

    Lovely pictures, Archana. 🙂

  3. This is jungli badam? Wow. So interesting to know. This is the one I shared too a few weeks back but I have never seen it all red. This one is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the name and joining. Always interesting to know more about trees. See you tomorrow!

  4. Those red leaves are beautiful! They stir my longing for autumn, but I’ll happily wait till October. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tiny bit of autumn.

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