Common Names: , Bullet wood, West India medlar, Spanish cherry
Flowering Period: December – August
Spanish cherry is a lovely green small tree of the Indian subcontinent
. With its small shiny, thick, narrow, pointed leaves, straight trunk and spreading branches, it is a prized ornamental specimen because it provides a dense shade and during the months from March to July fills the night air with the delicious heady aroma of its tiny cream-colored flowers.
Flowers are small, star-shaped, yellowish white in colour, with a crown rising from the centre.
Oval leaves, wavy at margin, about 5-16 cm and 3-7 cm wide. In the morning the fragrant flowers which so graciously scented their surroundings with their deep, rich, fragrance during the evening hours, fall to the ground.
Fruits are edible.
The bark is used to treat fever, pimples and diarrhoea, and the leaves for headache.
The flowers are sun dried and used to make floral infusions and as an addition to green tea in Thailand.
It is used in the treatment and maintenance of oral hygiene. Rinsing mouth with water solution made with Spanish cherry helps in strengthening the teeth.
It also prevents bad breath and helps keep the gums healthy.