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Witnessing Forest City Greenery Development In The Past 3 Years

At the beginning of Forest City’s construction, we laid out a beautiful vision of having a “Pedestrian Park-Covered Ground Level”, “Greenery-Covered Facades” and a “Lush Forest Expanse”. In order to make this dream come true, we’ve brought forth the world’s advanced urban planning methods and carved out a unique concept of Vertical Greenery.

Forest City has built Vertical Greeneries, Sky Gardens and Rooftop Gardens throughout the city to create a multi-dimensional green ecosystem. Three years have passed since construction began. Are you curious about how the vertical landscape looks today? Allow us to tell you all about it.

A City Full of Greenery

As of May 2019

Forest City’s Greenery Coverage has reached

 about 222 acres

It’s equivalent to the size of 

126 international football fields

The Vertical Greenery has reached 

nearly 120,000 linear meters

About 1.06 million 

seedlings have also been planted

This is a true “Forest” garden haven

The planting of a large number of seedlings has purified the air, helped with rain conservation, reduced noise pollution, and has transformed Forest City into a real “forest”. Vertical Greeneries, sky gardens and rooftop gardens have formed a multi-dimensional green ecosystem that integrates seamlessly with the surrounding ecological wetlands and natural seaweed reserves. Jogging here every morning and inhaling fresh air to reenergize our lungs is truly nature’s best gift to us.


The greenery of Cerulean Bay, Regalia Park and Starview Bay has exceeded 24 acres and the total length of Vertical Greenery is more than 93,000 linear meters. Through careful planning, the ground floor, exterior walls and sky gardens have become a spectacular jungle landscape.


All Flora Flourish Freely

Forest City has planted up to 

396 species of plants

There are over 213,000 seedlings in the 

garden demonstration area 

There are also many rare tree species

 growing on this island of 1st parallel north

A real “forest” has been created thanks to a large amount of seedlings planting and a variety of natural “greenery that produce negative ions”. 

Greenery Landscape View At Phase 1 Apartment Residence

For the Vertical Greenery of Forest City, two species of Bougainvillea and Vernonia Elliptica were selected by Yang Guoqiang, the Chairman of Country Garden Holdings, and it was chosen with much thought and care. Bougainvillea has a long flowering period in the tropics. With gorgeous colors and a wide variety of shades, it immediately beautifies its surroundings. It’s also a perfect match for Vernonia Elliptica, which hangs down with its long green leaves and gentle tendrils.

Bougainvillea Spectabilis Wild Plant Origin: South America

Vernonia Elliptica DC Plant Origin: India and other South Asian countries

A Brief Story About Vernonia Elliptica

One day, during maintenance of the vertical greenery, the landscaping crew saw the Vernonia carefully combed and plaited into several green braids by the house owner. Perhaps, in the house owner’s mind, he was combing the long hair of a gentle “little girl” – Vernonia.

Vernonia Landscape At Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School

Even extremely rare tree species have found a home in Forest City. All seedlings here are either purchased from local suppliers in Malaysia or grown from cuttings in Forest City’s seedling nurseries.

Dracaena Angustifolia

A small evergreen shrub that can grow up to 4 meters tall. Its leaves have no stalk and grow densely from the top of the stem. Its leaves are thick with broad stripes and pointy ends and can grow as long as 10-35 cm and as wide as 1-5.5 cm. It has a large panicle at the top measuring 60 cm in length with 1-3 clusters. Its flowers are white and fragrant, and its fruits are small yellow spheres.

Tabebuia Pentaphylla

Its crown is bell-shaped and it’s shaded in pink or fuchsia with little flowers growing in clusters. When in bloom, its flowers burst forth in clusters with little to no leaves, creating a spectacular sight. It blooms from January to February and in early spring. Its magnificent flowers are large with pale pink petals. It grows in clusters and has a bell-shaped flower crown with a diameter of 3-5 cm, and its fruit is a pod.

Brachychiton Rupestris

It is thin at the top and its bottom looks like a huge vase. It is very similar to Maitreya Buddha’s belly, so it is also called the “Buddha Belly Tree”. The “Buddha Belly” contains a large empty sac to store water from underground water absorption, and is therefore extremely resistant to drought. Its tree stem can even store more than two tons of water. As long as a small hole is dug in the tree, fresh thirst-quenching “drink” will flow out from it continuously. This solves the issue of water shortages when trapped in the middle of a desert.

The Natural Cycle of Nature

Discarding traditional irrigation methods

Choosing environmentally friendly and 

reliable automatic irrigation technology

Leveraging on the power of 

advanced technology

To retain this vast greenery

How can Forest City continue its greenery in the long run? By leveraging on the power of science and technology to seamlessly integrate the forest and city.

Adhering to the concept of green environmental protection, Forest City implements an automatic irrigation system. Harvested rainwater and residential drainage will be processed and converted into irrigation water through the reclaimed water system, and irrigation is carried out on a large scale according to a set schedule. Not only does this reduce the need for manpower, it also saves 26,000 cubic meters of local water usage every year.

Planting trees has also been a challenge in the past. The seedling quantity of Vertical Greenery in Forest City is large, and seedling shortages were encountered in the process of cultivating Vertical Greenery. As a result, in addition to the main self-nurturing seedlings, Forest City has also cooperated with local suppliers by signing pre-incubation plans and order-based production to meet the huge demand for seedlings, providing new opportunities for the nursery market in Malaysia.

The plants are now flourishing and thriving. In only three years, the growth of Forest City’s Vertical Greenery has been remarkable. While strolling among them, one can be fully immersed in nature amongst the blue skies, white clouds, calming sea and lush greeneries.

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