Singapore Supertrees

Courtesy of Gardens by the Bay:

“Measuring between 25 and 50 meters tall, these iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night…

These unique trees can be found all around the Gardens – twelve at the Supertree Grove, while the remaining six are placed in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens. Take in a different view of the Gardens and stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway connecting two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. Chill out at 50-meters high at the Supertree-top bistro and be captivated by the panoramic views of the Gardens as well as the surrounding Marina Bay area…

Each Supertree comprises four major parts:

  • Reinforcement concrete core – Inner vertical structure that upholds the Supertree.
  • Trunk – A steel frame that is attached around the reinforcement concrete core.
  • Planting panels – Installed on the trunk in preparation for the planting of the living skin.
  • Canopy – Shaped like an inverted umbrella, the canopy was assembled and hoisted via a hydraulic jack system (except the 50-metre Supertree canopy which was assembled at its final height).
  • Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers have been planted on the 18 Supertrees.
    • Examples of some of the species include the Tillandsia stricta from Brazil, Tillandsia fasciculate from Panama, Cattleya maxima from Ecuador, and Pseudorhipsalis from Costa Rica.
    • The Supertrees have different planting schemes in various colours ranging from warm tones like reds, browns, orange and yellows, to cooler hues like silver and pink.
    • The plants were chosen based on the following considerations:

    – Suitability for vertical planting
    – Lightweight and hardy
    – Soil-less
    – Ease of maintanence
    – Suitability for Singapore’s climate
    – Not commonly found in Singapore
    – High visual interest

Of the 18 Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, 12 of them can be found here at Supertree Grove, with the tallest one measuring up to 16 stories in height.”

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