By TraNews Reporter Huang, Yu Ru
NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan
(TraNews) –The florescence of Tung blossom is around April to May. The white charming flowers fall from the tree and makes the whole scenery even more attractive. Therefore, some people call this kind of flower “snow of May”. If you want to admire the beauty of Tung blossom, it is best for you to know something about it.
Tung tree is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 20 m tall, with a spreading crown. The bark is smooth and thin, and bleeds latex if cut. The leaves are alternate, simple, 4.5–25 cm long and 3.5–22 cm broad, heart-shaped or with three shallow, maple-like lobes, green above and below, red conspicuous glands at the base of the leaf, and with a 5.5–26 cm long petiole. The flowers are 2.5–3.5 cm diameter, with five pale pink to purple petals with streaks of darker red or purple in the throat; it is monoecious with individual flowers either male or female, but produced together in the inflorescences. The flowers appear before or with the leaves in loose, terminal clusters. The fruit is a hard, woody pear-shaped drupe 4–6 cm long and 3–5 cm diameter, containing four or five large, oily seeds; it is green initially, becoming dull brown when ripe in autumn.
It is said that Tung tree was brought in from China in 1850. In 1960’s, Taiwanese government encouraged people planting more Tung trees in order to export to other countries like Japan. The main production area had included Taipei, Hsinchu, Nantou, Yunlin, Pingtung, Miaoli, Hualien, etc.
In recent years, local authorities of different regions start to hosting Hakka Tung blossom festival. The event has become one of the highlight of the year. You can experience the beauty of Tung blossoms in person and immerse in wonderful natural surroundings. Let the snowy Tung blossoms fall on the shoulder and savor a nice visual feast!