Hanoi trees take on autumn hues in March

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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