A bit of help for tree that saw Singapore grow from a small port

The lychee tree in Mount Rosie has been propped up by a galvanised steel structure since 2017 to help it weather the elements. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
The lychee tree in Mount Rosie has been propped up by a galvanised steel structure since 2017 to help it weather the elements. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

In a quiet residential estate atop Mount Rosie in the Novena neighbourhood stands a lychee tree more than a century old, around since the 1800s when Singapore was a small trading port.

Now, it needs a bit of help to continue growing alongside other lychee trees in the vicinity. Standing at 18m tall - about six floors high - and boasting a girth of 6.6m, the tree has since 2017 been held steady by a galvanised, permanent steel structure built to help it weather the elements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'A bit of help for tree that saw S'pore grow from a small port'. Print Edition | Subscribe