Heritage tree falls on 40-year-old Pearl Bank Apartments, branches smash windows

At least six apartments were affected when a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016.
At least six apartments were affected when a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
At least six apartments were affected when a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016.
At least six apartments were affected when a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
Windows and grilles damaged after a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016.
Windows and grilles damaged after a heritage tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments on Sept 11, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO READER
Workers clearing the tree, which is about 30m tall, from Pearl Bank Apartments.
Workers clearing the tree, which is about 30m tall, from Pearl Bank Apartments.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A heritage tree more than eight storeys tall fell on Pearl Bank Apartments in Chinatown on Sunday (Sept 11) morning.

At least six apartments from the fourth to eighth floors were affected, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Residents said that the loud crash as the tree's branches smashed their windows woke them up early on Sunday morning.


Bathroom fittings were broken when a tree fell on Pearl Bank Apartments. PHOTO: SHIN MIN READER

Photos from residents showed shattered windows, twisted window grilles and broken bathroom fittings.

The National Parks Board (NParks) was informed and operations to clear the tree began soon after the incident.

It was cleared at about 3.30pm on Monday.

The tree, a Purple Millettia, was standing at Pearl's Hill City Park before the apartment block was completed in 1976, according to the NParks' website.

The evergreen tree has dark glossy leaves and reddish-purple flowers.

It was 32m tall and estimated to be more than 60 years old when assessed in 2008.

The only other Purple Millettia listed as a heritage tree is located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This specimen planted behind Swan Lake is more than 100 years old.


It has taken more than a day to clear the large tree. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Correction note: This story has been edited for clarity.