Polyalthia longifolia

Common Name : Ashoka, Asopalav Tree, False Ashoka, Mast Tree, Indian Fir tree, Buddha Tree Botanical Name : Polyalthia longifolia Family : Annonaceae

Polyalthia longifolia

Order - Magnoliales

Genus - Polyalthia

Species - longifolia

Origin / Native - India, Sri Lanka

Introduced to - Philippines

Category - Tropical, lofty, Evergreen tree

Height - Up to 12 meters [40 feet] Tall

Spread - Up to 3 meters [10 feet] Wide

Sanskrit - Devadaru

Tamil - Nettilinga maram

Synonym - Uvaria longifolia

Found In - Dry, Lowland rainforest

Growth Rate - Medium / Normal

Care & Light For Growth - Well Drained soil, Full Sun, Average water & maintenance

Flowering Season - March, April, May, Early Summer, Spring

Uses - Medicinal, Ornamental, Relief noise pollution

Best For - Hedge, Avenues, Roadsides, Parks, Tropical Garden, Public garden

Habit - Narrow growth, Gray bark, Weeping / drooping branches

Foliage/ Leaf Type - Alternate, Simple, Glossy, Dark green, Lanceolate, Narrow, Wavy margins

Flowers - Tiny, Light green, yellow, Star shaped, Inconspicuous clustered blooms with 6 petals, Blooms last only for 2 to 3 weeks

Fragrant - No

Fruits - Ovoid, Green, Purple, Black

Mast tree flower close up view
Mast tree flower close up view

Polyalthia Longifolia Leaves
Polyalthia Longifolia Leaves

Polyalthia longifolia bark
Polyalthia longifolia bark

Photographs: Guna Selvi Camera: Nikon D40x Location : Cubbon Park, Behind High Court, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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