If you happen to be at Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is inscribed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, take the opportunity to visit SPH’s very own SPH Heritage Tree, dedicated by The National Parks Board (NParks) in appreciation of our contributions to promote Singapore as a City in a Garden.

SPH’s Heritage Tree is called Purple Milletia. It was planted in 1889 when the lawn adjacent to Swan Lake was developed for a collection of plants from the bean family.

Native to this region, the Purple Millettia is a handsome, evergreen tree which can grow up to 30m height. It has a dense, dome-like crown and its dark glossy leaves give it a dark appearance. Its flowers are reddish purple. Pods are hard, brown, leathery, thick and flat, around 10x 6cm in size, with 1-2 seeds in a pod.

A Heritage Tree Dedication Award is a prestigious mark of recognition for any organisation or individual who has contributed to the greening of Singapore. Each Heritage Tree Dedication is for life.

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About the SPH Heritage Tree

Common name: Purple Millettia

Scientific name: Callerya atropurpurea

Location: Behind Swan Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Girth: 4.5m

Height: 35m

The Purple Millettia Heritage Tree was planted in 1889, when the lawn adjacent to Swan Lake was developed for a collection of plants from the bean family. Native to this region, the Purple Millettia is a handsome, evergreen tree which can grow up to 30m height. It has a dense, dome-like crown and its dark glossy leaves give it a dark appearance. Its flowers are reddish purple. Pods are hard, brown, leathery, thick and flat, around 10x 6cm in size, with 1-2 seeds in a pod.