Tembusu Tree at Tanglin Core
Tembusus are very hardy trees which can thrive and bloom even under adverse conditions. A native tree of secondary forest, it is well adapted to grow on poor soils in open areas. A long-lived tree, it can live up to 150 to 200 years. It can reach a height of about 25 metres. Its wood is very hard and resistant to rot and termites. It can be used for making bridges, rafts, chopping boards, furniture, and house building.
The grand old Tembusu tree at Lawn E probably predates the Gardens, having established itself naturally on the wasteland left by gambir planting before the site was acquired by the Botanic Gardens. This tree has been identified as a heritage tree and is featured on the Singapore $5 currency note and in postage stamps.
The grand old Tembusu on Lawn E is perhaps the most famous tree in the Gardens. It has been featured on Singapore bank notes and postage stamps.