The Jelawai Jaha or Terminalia subspathulata is a forest tree that is native to Singapore and can grow up to 45 m in height or more. It can also be found naturally distributed in the forests of Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Java. The trunk is heavily buttressed, and the bark is pale brown with narrow cracks. This emergent species has a wide and flat topped crown and this character is particularly distinct in mature trees. Its open and tiered crown has been observed to be favoured by large birds of prey as nesting sites in Singapore.
The spathula-shaped leaves are leathery, bearing long leaf stalks and are spirally arranged, with its edges curved.
The Jelawai Jaha bears greenish to yellow flowers which are pollinated by insects while its flat, two-winged fruits are wind dispersed.
This Heritage Tree had a girth of 3 m when measured at 5 m height above the buttresses when endorsed as a Heritage Tree in 2022.
The Singapore Island Country Club organizes tours to view the Heritage Trees with a minimum group size of 15 pax. Please contact Lifestyle@sicc.org.sg for more information.