If you’ve ever visited Ilala Lodge during February and November, then you’ve been fortunate enough to witness its two Indian Laburnums in full bloom. Also known as the ‘Golden Tree’, the Indian Laburnum is a medium-sized tree native to, and widely found across, the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia.
When asked about how these stunning trees made their way to Ilala, co-owner and CEO, Jim Brown, explained that his mother acquired the saplings and planted them 23 years ago, in 1992.
Aside from these impractical titbits of information, what’s more important is just how gorgeous these two Indian Laburnums are. They literally light up the whole front of Ilala Lodge, including the Palm Restaurant and the hotel bar. The bright yellow flowers form a dense yellow carpet, and the air is alive with gently descending petals.
If you haven’t had a chance to view these beautiful trees yet, we’ve put together a range of photographs to help form a picture in your mind.