At some points, the tree would shed all it leaves though it is uncertain what trigger this mechanism. After all the leaves are gone, new buds can be seen appearing along the branches.
A week later, the same tree was fully covered with new leaves.
Lee, S. H., A. B. C. Ng, R. C. J. Lim, R. Francisco, W. Q. Ng, X. Y. Ng, L. Neo, A. T. K. Yee, K. Y. Chong & H. T. W. Tan, 2013. Status and Distribution in Singapore of Ficus virens Aiton (Moraceae). Nature in Singapore, 6: 223-227. | Read article |