A guide to Singapore's heritage trees

This 25m-tall raintree, with a trunk girth of 5.7m, is one of 14 that is registered in Singapore as heritage trees. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
This 25m-tall raintree, with a trunk girth of 5.7m, is one of 14 that is registered in Singapore as heritage trees. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Asam Tree, located in Surin Avenue Park, is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
The Asam Tree, located in Surin Avenue Park, is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
The Penaga Laut at 31K Pepys Road is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Penaga Laut at 31K Pepys Road is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Bodhi tree Duxton Plain Park, near Neil Road is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Bodhi tree Duxton Plain Park, near Neil Road is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Purple Milletia or Callerya atropurpurea at Pearl’s Hill City Park is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
The Purple Milletia or Callerya atropurpurea at Pearl’s Hill City Park is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
The Common Pulai tree, or Alstonia angustiloba located along Jalan Durian on Pulau Ubin is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. At 40m tall, with a girth of 6.5m, it can be seen from the bumboat as you ride to and
The Common Pulai tree, or Alstonia angustiloba located along Jalan Durian on Pulau Ubin is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. At 40m tall, with a girth of 6.5m, it can be seen from the bumboat as you ride to and from the island. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
The Kapok tree or Ceiba pentandra at Toa Payoh North Flyover is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. The 32m-tall, 5.8m-wide tree was planted in the 1970s, around the same time the Toa Payoh satellite town and fly
The Kapok tree or Ceiba pentandra at Toa Payoh North Flyover is one of the trees under the National Parks' (NParks) Heritage Tree Scheme. The 32m-tall, 5.8m-wide tree was planted in the 1970s, around the same time the Toa Payoh satellite town and flyover were built. Cotton can be obtained from its seed pods. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
More than 150 years old, this heritage tembusu tree at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a favourite with kids and newlyweds. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
More than 150 years old, this heritage tembusu tree at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a favourite with kids and newlyweds. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
A group of friends pose for a photo after climbing onto a Tembusu tree's low-lying branch at Botanic Gardens, on 3 April 2009. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
A group of friends pose for a photo after climbing onto a Tembusu tree's low-lying branch at Botanic Gardens, on 3 April 2009. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore Botanic Gardens' Tembusu tree is a familiar and beloved landmark. It is also a Heritage Tree, older than the 155-year-old Gardens, and now protected as part of the Gardens' site management plan for its nomination as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

There are other heritage trees around the island. Check out some of them in our photo gallery.

And if you want to explore more trees around our Garden City, there are plenty of tree trails in Singapore. These graphics from The Straits Times archive tell you where they are located.