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Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

By Khanh Tran, Giang Trinh   March 18, 2022 | 11:00 pm PT
It’s not autumn, but many trees lining streets in downtown Hanoi have begun changing colors and shedding their leaves, casting shades of yellow and red all over the place.
Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

At the beginning of March, the leaves of Madagascar Almond trees along Buoi, Lang, Kim Ma, Kham Thien and Ton Duc Thang streets turn yellow, fall and pave sidewalks with golden hues that give an impression of autumn, especially for first time visitors.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

These Malabar Almond trees grow from 10 to 20m (33 to 66 ft) tall. These trees have been grown on some streets in Hanoi to replace red maple trees that did not grow well.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

Residents sit under an old loc vung (freshwater mangrove) tree with red and orange leaves on the banks of the iconic Sword Lake.

The loc vung is a symbol of fortune in Vietnam and having a tree near the house is considered a sign of luck and prosperity.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

The leaves of many trees changing colors against different colored buildings are an eye-catching sight.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

The canopies of trees next to a French colonial villa on Phan Dinh Phung Street – one of the most romantic places in the capital city – present a contrast of colors: between leaves about to fall and those freshly sprouted.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

A loc vung tree changes its colors in front of the ancient water tower on Hang Dau Street. The tower was built in the 19th century by the French to store clean water for the city.

Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

The red and yellow leaves of a Malabar Almond tree decorate a red tiled roof on Tran Nhat Duat Street.

 
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