POWER GROWER COMBO, the special fertilizer formulation of Mr. Alfonso G. Puyat, has triggered the profuse flowering of the Queen of Flowering Trees at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal.
As of March 7, 2014, the tree is full of dangling clusters of pink flowers, the result of spraying the tree with Power Grower Combo.
The Queen of Flowering Trees is botanically known as Amherstia nobilis. It is a native of Burma (Myanmar) and was named in honor of Lady Amherst, said to be the wife of a former governor general of India.
Although it was introduced in the Philippines even before World War II, the tree is still rare because it is very difficult to propagate by marcotting. And it does not readily produce seeds. The only time we saw a fruiting Amherstia was when a tree at UP Los Baños was sprayed with hormone many years ago. The seed pods are very attractive pink.