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Saigon tickled pink as rosy trumpet flowers bloom

Friday, March 12, 2021, 11:44 GMT+7
Saigon tickled pink as rosy trumpet flowers bloom
Rosy trumpet flowers are set against the blue background of the sky and the iconic Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

As the sun shines scorching bright, downtown Ho Chi Minh City casts a spell over passers-by with the vibrancy of rosy trumpet flowers blossoming, making it the most sought-after ops of this season.

Originating in America, tabebuia rosea or pink poui – also known as trumpet flowers – mimic a rosy version of the namesake musical instrument.

A close-up view of rosy trumpet flowers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A close-up view of rosy trumpet flowers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Fully-grown tabebuia rosea can tower up to 30 meters high during their blooming season between early April to June. 

When the plant is flowering, most of its leaves fall from its branches, leaving just clusters of pink, trumpet-shaped flowers.  

This year, however, Saigon’s trumpet flowers have bloomed early due to the recent hot weather. 

Unfortunately, the flowers only live for three to four days after blooming.

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Such flowers were imported into and planted in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009 as part of a project to beautify the city, as they can thrive in the region’s hot weather and dry soil.

The rosy trumpet flowers bring a rare poetic grace to the streets of the city, transforming local roads into a romantic backdrop for wannabe Instagram models.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the blooming trees can be easily spotted on such streets as Dien Bien Phu in Binh Thanh District, Vo Thi Sau in District 3, and Vo Van Kiet in District 1.

A group of friends wears face masks while taking photo with the rosy trumpet flowers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A group of friends wear face masks while taking photos with rosy trumpet flowers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Niem Ngoc Trang, a resident of Binh Thanh District, recently did a photoshoot with friends afront the trumpet flowers on Dien Bien Phu Street. 

“I asked my friends to come here on the weekend to snap some photos for Facebook," Trang told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

"The color of the flowers reminds us of Da Lat City.”

A group of friends delightfully take photos of the blooming trees in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A group of friends delightfully take photos of the blooming trees in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The pinkish flowers of rosy trumpet are set against the blue background of the sky. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre.

The pinkish flowers of rosy trumpet are set against the blue background of the sky in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre.

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom on Dien Bien Phu Street in Binh Thanh District. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom on Dien Bien Phu Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

In the photo, the withered rosy trumpet flowers are seen on hands of a woman. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Withered rosy trumpet flowers are seen in the hands of a woman in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A canopy view of a blooming rosy trumpet tree. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A canopy view of a blooming rosy trumpet tree in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom on To Huu Street, Thu Duc City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Rosy trumpet trees are seen in full bloom on To Huu Street, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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