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
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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 Singapore grow from a small port. Subscribe