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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.

Water: Moderately

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.