The banaba tree

These photos were taken over a two-week period. The subject is the banaba tree in front of our house. When we bought the banaba plant years ago, it was no more than three feet high. We spent months scouring through plant shops in Northern and Southern Luzon until we finally found one in Los Baños, Laguna. The lilac flowers of the banaba tree are really beautiful and we always wanted one in our garden. Our tree has yet to show us some flowers and my husband and I have been painstakingly monitoring its growth. dry leaf

More than a month ago, the banaba tree’s leaves went dry and started falling off. If we had autumn in the Philippines, I’d say it had something to do with the season. But this is a tropical country and we only have two seasons–wet and dry. And I can’t recall if the banaba tree went through the leaf-shedding stage last year.