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Docynia indica blossoms brighten northwest Vietnam

Friday, March 19, 2021, 14:20 GMT+7
Docynia indica blossoms brighten northwest Vietnam
Docynia indica trees blossom in the mountains of the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors to the Ta Xua Nature Reserve in Son La Province’s Bac Yen District in northwest Vietnam this spring are in for a treat: the poetic beauty of mountainsides blanketed in a sea of white docynia indica blossoms.

Aside from its beauty, the docynia indica bloom also means an abundance of táo mèo – an apple-like fruit produced by the tree which locals use to make rượu táo mèo, a popular wine in the northwest mountainous region.

Northwest Vietnam’s docynia indica trees can be found scattered across the mountainsides which flanks the 200km trek from Hanoi to Ta Xua Commune. 

They are also a common sight in H’Mong villages at local communes including Ta Xua, Lang Cheu, Hang Dong, and Xim Vang communes.

Docynia indica trees blossom afront a H’Mong house in the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica trees blossom afront a H’Mong house in the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Typically, docynia indica trees bloom in March before wilting about a month later. 

Each blossom has five white petals and yellowish brown pistils.

The docynia indica trees in Ta Xua often blossom at the same time as the region’s orchid trees, making March an ideal time to visit the northwestern Vietnam.

Docynia indica trees blossom in the mountains of the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica trees blossom in the mountains of the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica blossoms in the northern province of Son La. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica blossoms in the northern province of Son La. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Locals drive past a blossoming docynia indica trees in the northern province of Son La’s Ta Xua Commune in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Locals drive past a blossoming docynia indica trees in the northern province of Son La’s Ta Xua Commune in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica trees blossom in the mountains of the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Docynia indica trees blossom in the mountains of the northern province of Son La in this picture taken in March 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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