Common Names: Vansulam, Ashok, False Ashok, Mast Tree
Flowering Period: March – August
Ashok is native to India and Sri Lanka.
The weeping, branching habit of this 25-foot-tall tree gives it a narrow columnar shape. Glossy green, long, narrow leaves have attractive wavy edges.
Ashok is commonly seen as a lofty column, very graceful with its downward-sweeping branchlets and shining, green foliage; but sometimes wide-spreading slender branches issue from the straight trunk and form a compact symmetrical crown.
The bark is smooth and dark greyish brown. For a short the tree is covered with a profusion of delicate, star-like flowers, which, being palest-green in colour, give the tree a peculiar hazy appearance.
They grow in clusters from small protuberances all along the dark branchlets.
Each flower, borne on a slim, green stem has a tiny calyx and six long, narrow, wavy petals arranged in two sets of three.
Food (Herb and Spice)
Leaf extracts have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Bark used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat fever, diabetes, hypertension and intestinal worms.
Wood used to make pencils, boxes, matches and drum cylinders.
Tall straight trunks used to make masts of sailing ships.