The Archbishop of Canterbury reaches across the World: The Tree of Heaven planted at the Anglican Cathedral in Colombo

The Archbishop of Canterbury- Justin Welby, on his solidarity visit to Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombing of Churches, planted  a flowering tree, Amherstia nobilis commonly called The Tree of Heaven or The Pride of Burma, at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour in Colombo on 31st August 2019 along with the [Anglican] Bishop of Colombo …. . guided by plant expert and enthusiast Dushy Perera.**

TWO: “Archbishop Of Canterbury Plants An Interfaith Tree At Masjid Al Husseini,” The Muslim News, May 28, 2010 …..

Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, visited the Dawoodi Bohra community at their mosque, Masjid Al Hussein, in Northolt, Middlesex, on May 6.  The Archbishop met with Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai Al Mutlaq and spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community. Amongst other topics, the two leaders, who last met in Lambeth Palace in 2005, discussed the need for continued interfaith dialogue and cooperation.  The Archbishop was welcomed to the Masjid by Prince Qaidjoher Ezzuddin (the eldest son of Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin), and Dr Idris Zainuddin, President of the London Dawoodi Bohra community.

THREE: Archbishop Of Canterbury with the Catholci Bishop Malcolm Ranjith and the Cathoiic church people assaulted by the 21/4 Wahhabi jihadists

AND  at what must be an interfaith gathering

** Dushy Perera is a member of the Ruk Rakaganno Society of Sri Lanka and has also been associated with the Sam Popham Arboretum at Dambulla for years and is an earnest support of programmes seeking to preserve the natural environments. See


Brendan Sosa of Kandy sent this EMAIL COMMENT: “The tree certainly looks very impressive in full bloom. Any idea whether it is grown fairly extensively in Sri Lanka? Any idea of its local name?”

Dushy Perera replied: “Kukul Kakul” is the  Sinhala name. It is also commonly known as the “ Queen of Flowering Trees “ This Flowering tree is a native of Burma. Scientific name is Amherstia nobilis. The Tree is not  widespread because it does not naturally produce seeds.

This flowering tree’s new leaves dangle from the branches much like handkerchiefs. It is also called the “Orchid Tree” It is a one of the most beautiful flowering tree in world .However,  it is a delicate and slow growing plant. Visiting dignitaries have planted this tree at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Henarathgoda Botanical Garden in Gampaha.


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