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Picture of the Tembusu tree on the Singapore $5 dollar note

Coming back to the Tembusu trees, you are probably carrying a picture of a famous Tembusu in your pocket. This tree in the Botanic Gardens is featured on the back of the $5 note. The front of this $5 note has a picture of President Yusof bin Ishak.
Tembusu tree on Singapore Five-dollar note

Update: In Year 2002, there was a special stamp issue on “Heritage Trees”. The Tembusu was in one of the 4 Heritage-tree stamps.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat

[Update 23 Oct ’07: Chun See shares this photo of a Tembusu tree]


Written by Ivan Chew

9 October, 2007 at 5:11 am

Posted in Year 2000

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  1. My friend Chuck used the tembusu to make his catapults.

    Lam Chun See

    15 October, 2007 at 5:05 pm

  2. Maybe your friend Chuck also used the wood from the Guava (pak-kia) tree to make the Y-shaped catapults.
    Personally I did not make, or use catapults that my friends had made, simply because I did not like the idea of shooting at birds, cats, dogs and unsuspecting humans (not necessarily in that order). Similarly, I have never liked the “sport” of fishing — must be terrible to have a fish hook stuck in the throat.

    tan wee kiat

    16 October, 2007 at 10:09 am

  3. […] yes, there is a grand old Gelam tree in the Botanic Gardens (near the famous Tembusu Tree which is shown on our $5 note and on a postage […]

  4. My dad also used the Tembusu wood to make a catapult… sadly, he gave it to his friend’s son and not to me (I’m a girl). But I do remember seeing it when I was young — the wood was very strong and it was beautiful 🙂


    7 August, 2012 at 10:42 am

  5. Thank you for that and enabled me to complete my project in time


    26 January, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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