Characteristics of False Ashoka Tree (Polyalthia longifolia) in the Wild
Published by Admin on 10/10/2020 In category Flower Tree
False Ashoka (Polyalthia longifolia) is an evergreen tree and is usually planted for its effectiveness in reducing air pollution. The tree grows tall to form a symmetrical pyramid, with pendulous branches, with long, wavy lanceolate leaves.
The false ashoka tree is often misidentified as the Ashoka tree (Saraca asoca) because of its similarity.
Many people may mistake it for a tree without branches, but in reality, the false ashoka tree has branches (but the branches are often trimmed to create a decorative appearance).
False ashoka has many names and varies from region to region, these names include Glodokan Tiang, Nettilinkam, Unboi, Debadaru, Asopalav, Ashoka, and Buddha Tree.
The tree is found growing wild in India and Sri Lanka. Currently, the false ashoka tree is introduced to many tropical countries around the world including Indonesia, the Caribbean, as well as in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the past, the false ashoka tree’s flexible, straight trunk was often used in the manufacture of sailing masts. That’s why the tree is also known as the Pole Tree, or Pole Tree.
Characteristics of False Ashoka Leaf
The leaves are brownish green, shiny, and soft to the touch. The leaves are thin, long, and have wavy edges.
Characteristics of False Ashoka Flower
The flowers are greenish-white and shaped like a star.
Characteristics of False Ashoka Fruit
The fruit is like berries, green and appears in clusters.
Characteristics of False Ashoka Tree
In the wild, the false ashoka tree can grow into a large, multi-branched tree that reaches 30-35 meters high.