Amesiodendron chinense is a moderately fast growing tree with a dense and hemispherical crown. This species belongs to the Sapindaceae or the rambutan family. In the wild, it is found sporadically in valleys of hill dipterocarp forests between 300 – 400 m a.s.l., in the northern half of Peninsular Malaysia, including Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. Worldwide, it is distributed from South China through Indo-China to Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
Like many other tree species that are considered as northern mainland Asia plant elements, the tree sends out new flushes at the beginning of the year. To see this colourful “spring flush”, head towards the road between the FRIM’s football field and Unit Latihan Perhutanan. The bright pink flushes stand out among the mature, deep green leaves of other nearby trees. Its attractive flushes and its compact, rounded crown, definitely add interest to our mostly evergreen suburban landscape.