Description for Polyalthia longifolia, Ashok Tree
Plant height: 15 – 23 inches
Plant spread: 4 – 8 inches
It grows natively in warm humid climates of Pakistan, India, Myanmar, and Malaysia and belongs to the Fabaceae family. Ashoka is ever-green, slender but slow-growing flowering tree. It is easy-to-grow, an easy-to-prune tree that flowers abundantly and produces a compact shaped canopy i.e. an ideal candidate as a house-plant or a lawn tree.
Common name(s): Ashoka Tree, Buddha Tree, Indian mast tree, and Indian Fir tree
Flower colours: Green
Bloom time: Spring
Max reachable height: Up to 20 m
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Ashoka tree propagated by seeds. The seeds retain their viability for one season only and should be sown in August.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil: well-drained and organic soil.
Temperature: 20 to 35 degree C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
Caring for Polyalthia longifolia
- Watering should be done early in the morning when the soil feels to dry.
- After fertilizer application, water should be given to plant.
Typical uses of Polyalthia longifolia
Special features: This evergreen, tall and slender tree grows symmetrically and produces fresh and shining green foliage.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: Landscape uses for Ashoka tree, lining a stately driveway beside a tall house privacy screen, tall hedge, architectural accent, noise pollution screen.
Medicinal use: Ashoka tree has many medicinal uses. The bark is used in traditional medicines to cure a number of gynaecological problems. The pulp of flowers is used as a remedy for dysentery.
Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.