Polyalthia Longifolia (Indian Mast)

Indian Mast

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Description

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Polyalthia Longifolia (Indian Mast) tree is one of the most distinctive and attractive subtropical and tropical ornamental trees; it is native to india and Sri Lanka and it has been widely disbursed as a striking landscape tree.

It is, tall, narrow, columnar and  evergreen tree with willowy drooping branches, which bears long narrow leaves about 8 inches in length and light to dark green in color. Additionally the pale green, star-shape unfragrant flowers numbering 10-20 are borne in clusters in spring. Also, mature fruits are ovoid, black and resemble a small olive fruit; a popular bird food. They contain a single seed which can be used for propagation.

The mast tree is so-called because its smooth light gray trunk, straight, strong and suitable as a mast of sailing craft. The wood has numerous general uses but in landscaping, the Polyalthia Longifolia (Indian Mast) tree is a favorite as well; it is popular along driveways or property lines in close lines. Besides it is effective for noise abatement and quite popular as a privacy screen. The tree’s unique shape makes it a desirable feature in any garden.

Furthermore, the Indian Mast tree prefers well-drained soils; and has no reported pest or disease problems, although it is cold sensitive.

Additional information

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Common Name

Indian Mast

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

India & Sri Lanka

Flowering Season

Spring

Drought Tolerance

Low Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Moderate to Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Green

Shape

Columnar

Plant Type

Evergreen, Foliage

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