SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI and University of Hawaii
In addition to being grown as an ornamental tree, the wavy-margined leaves of the false Ashoka are used for decoration during festivals. In India and Sri Lanka, the wood is used in the manufacturing of pencils, matchsticks, and small boxes. The oil of the seed has medicinal properties. Polyalthia longifolia has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -4 (Low Risk) and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/polyalthia-longifolia-var-pendula/
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Southern India and Sri Lanka.
Additional Common Names
MAST TREE, FALSE ASHOKA
Columnar or Conical Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 50 - 70 feet.
Width: 20 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Leaves Lanceolate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. green. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Reddish Black Capsule, Very Small to Small (Under 0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Spring Wildlife use it.
Bark Gray to Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist but Well Drained Soil.
Slightly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Low.
Seaside Tolerance is Low.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Birds and Mammals.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Polyalthia longifolia Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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