Amazing root-way of this Kapok tree

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This is one of the Heritage tree in Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Kapok tree.

According to the information board, this tree loves the sun and is fast growing.  In the past, people made used of this white cottony pulp to stuff cushions, pillow, mattresses and life jackets etc.

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This tall tree is native to tropical America.  The broad, straight trunk is the distinctive feature of this old tree.

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Standing next to it you’ll be amazed by how huge and tall the portrait of this tree is!

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I have no clue and there isn’t a sign stating how old the tree is.  By the snake crawl-like roots, it’s enough to judge and convince he is a decisive and fortitude man.

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This also crocodile like roots exposed the hard side of nature. So, do these roots inspire you? Have you wonder how deep can he penetrate and how far he has traveled?

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56 thoughts on “Amazing root-way of this Kapok tree

    Opalla said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Am I right in thinking that this tree has big red flowers and fluffy cotton bursts from the fruit in late season?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

      You are half right! The flower is white but truly this is cotton tree! 🙂

        Opalla said:
        March 22, 2013 at 1:46 am

        I see, thanks. The one that I used to see a lot in Hong Kong is the Hung Mian (Red Cotton). We call it Kapok, but strictly speaking it’s the Bombax.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        Yes! This is the tree in Chinese call 木棉树.
        Thanks for sharing the information! Blogging is good!
        Have a nice day! 🙂

    wildsherkin said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

    What an amazing tree! ‘The Day of the Triffids’ springs to mind! 🙂

    Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Wow, never seen anything like it.

    cavepainter said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Near my house there’s some bushes, but there’s some space between them and the house. One day I tried digging in the grass to make it ready for some new plants, and everywhere I tried digging there were long thin roots coming from these bushes. What I thought was just grass and dirt was a big network of roots everywhere.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:49 am

      I always amazed by their persistent and strength! 🙂

    renxkyoko said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:47 am

    In the Philippines, they still use the fruit of the kapok tree as stuffings for pillows.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Really? Thanks for sharing the information with us!
      I hope this kind of pillow turn up to be Green pillow! 🙂

    pleisbilongtumi said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Great photos! It always remind me when I was a child picking up the falling Kapok fruit for pillow. Thank you for inspiring me.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      You are welcome! You have a Blog belongs to deep culture and great information too.
      Let’s cheer for each others! 🙂

    My French Heaven said:
    March 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    This is surreal!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Indeed! I was standing there and stunned by him! 🙂

    marysmemories said:
    March 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

    That is an amazing tree. Its roots are very interesting by the way in which they are above ground and can see where they go.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I believe the roots has already penetrate concrete and go beyond somewhere! 🙂

    mixedupmeme said:
    March 22, 2013 at 1:51 am

    It just demands respect. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      It has certainly gain our respects!
      Thanks! meme! Sydney missed your charming voice! 🙂

    Healthy A-Z said:
    March 22, 2013 at 6:03 am

    We have kapok trees here in South Florida. They are by far the biggest trees in this area. Big and beautiful!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Yes, yes! That is where they came from! I hope I can see them one day! 🙂

    ryan said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    it’s surely a sign of a long way to be like that tree…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      I guess he must be a wise man now! 🙂

    JoJo Kelmer said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    wow! that’s an enormous tree…and I think its beautiful

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      It is huge! I can’t capture the whole tree in a single picture! 🙂

    Photography Journal Blog said:
    March 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    That is pretty amazing.

    h0tchocolate said:
    March 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    amazing.. i think we call it “Pohon Randu” in bahasa Indonesia 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      I believe they are more huge one in Indonesia! 🙂

    Lovin.Life.Properly said:
    March 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    incredible nature! great post Sydney, thanks for sharing. I love Singapore too by the way! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you! Feel free to come! But is not free! Haha! 🙂

    guttermutt said:
    March 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Now THAT is a tree my friend!!!! 😉

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Haha! Take time to find ha! 😉

    melanietoulouse said:
    March 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I’ve seen some in Costa-Rica last month… very impressive, indeed! 🙂 Have a serene weekend & good light! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 1:57 am

      Thanks, you too! Peace! 🙂

    Patty B said:
    March 23, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Beautiful trees, I have never seen anything like them. Impressive indeed!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 5:37 am

      This is what common name call Cotton tree!
      Thanks for reading, Patty! You have a great weekend! 🙂

    kelihasablog said:
    March 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Now that is a seriously cool tree! I’ve never seen one like it before, but I love the way the roots “decorate” the surrounding area. Very nice… Thanks for posting! 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      There is a common name called Cotton Tree, I believe you used that somewhere before… ;(

    Gretchen Del Rio said:
    March 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    WOW I thought kapok was a synthetic filling. Makes me feel better that it comes from nature. Beautiful tree and such wonderous roots.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I believe you feel amaze by the crawling snake too! 🙂

        Gretchen Del Rio said:
        March 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        Is that what people call the roots? I saw the roots as lovely life seeking fingers. And the roots do sustain the tree.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        Is roots! Is the roots of Kopok this, the Cotton Tree! 🙂

    bert0001 said:
    March 24, 2013 at 2:10 am

    we still have kapok cushions in our bed,
    but now they need to be thrown,
    I’ll have to buy a new set
    they are quite expensive: 23 euro each

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Bert!
      At least I know more across the Ocean!
      You have a great day! 🙂

    bluebrightly said:
    March 24, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Thank you, and I’m glad it’s a “Heritage tree” so I feel sure it will always be protected.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Yes! There are many other Heritage Trees in our Country.
      I know they have done a good jobs!
      Let’s cheers! 🙂

    littledoglaughed said:
    March 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

    What an amazing sight that must have been-it is always fascinating to me to see something that has been around long before me and which more than likely will still carry on, after I am gone-great photos!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

      Thanks, Meg! If nothing happen, of course I’ll be just carry on walking until I reach the end! 😥

    gita4elamats said:
    March 26, 2013 at 9:36 am
      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks for Reblogging!
      Have a good day, Elana! 🙂

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      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you for mentioning my name in your post! Seems like we share the same interest!
      Let’s cheer together for a green tomorrow! 🙂

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