THE QUEEN OF FLOWERING TREES, Amherstia nobilis, is in bloom once again at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. The pendulous pink flowers are a sight to see.
This exotic flowering tree is a native of Burma or Myanmar. It was named after Lady Amherst, wife of a British governor of India.
The flowering tree was first introduced in the Philippines before World War II. The original tree, now gone, was planted in what is now the Seniors Social Garden in Los Baños.
Amherstia nobilis did not become widespread because it does not naturally produce seeds. In Los Baños, it was once induced to produce beautiful pink pods and seeds with the use of a hormone. Since then, no other attempt to make the tree produce seeds has been made.
Many nurserymen have not been very successful in producing marcots. At the Sarian Farm, our propagator has produced so far only four well-established marcots. However, he has made new marcots. Hopefully, they will develop roots in due time.