Changing Almond Tree Leaves in Hanoi

As the arrival of Spring becomes imminent, the allure of Hanoi's rich history is enhanced by the vibrant display of red almond leaves adorning the city's streets.


Hanoi is well-known as the greenest city in Vietnam, boasting numerous old almond trees. The red leaves of these trees stir up emotions among Hanoians and serve as a unique feature of the thousand-year-old capital, especially during late winter.

The almond tree, an old friend that has witnessed many transformations in Hanoi during the past and present, not only helps purify the air but also embellishes the city with its captivating beauty and vibrant colors during the leaf-changing season, remaining as a cherished legacy of Hanoi.

The enchanting beauty of these trees has been the subject of praise in various forms of art and poetry, and has been immortalized in the most exquisite paintings of Hanoi by renowned local artists.

The graceful almond tree, with its wide canopy and large leaves, is said to have been planted by the French in the early 19th century along many streets in Hanoi. Photos: Huy Pham/The Hanoi Times
These almond trees can be found along various old streets in Hanoi, such as Cua Nam, Hang Bong, Phung Hung, Hang Chieu, Hang Ma, and others.
The vibrant red leaves of these trees create a striking contrast against the yellow walls of the French-style houses in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Even on gloomy winter days, the streets of Hanoi are brightened up by the brilliant red leaves of the almond trees.
The season of red leaves in Hanoi is short-lived, lasting only three weeks. As soon as the first drops of spring rain fall, these old leaves will be replaced by fresh green ones.
The red almond trees contribute to the allure of Hanoi, adding to its overall beauty.