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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.