Sandal Wood Red, Chandan Red - 0.5 Kg Seeds
Sandalwood is the name of a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.
Santalinus (Telugu: raktachandana), (Tamil: ciwappuchchandanam); Red Sanders or Red Sandalwood) is a species of native to India.
Santalinus, Red Sanders or Red Sandalwood is a species of native to India. It is found in south India in Kadapa, Chittoor, mostly in the hilly region of Nepal, in Pakistan and in Sri Lanka. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 m tall in three years even on degraded soils. It is not frost tolerant, being killed by low temperatures.
The leaves are alternate trifoliate with three leaflets. The flowers are produced in short racemes. The fruit is a pod containing one or two seeds
Red sandalwood is a tree. The wood at the center of the trunk (heartwood) is used as medicine.
Common name: Red Sanders, Red Sandalwood, Ruby Wood, Lal Chandan, Rakta Chandan
Height: 10 to 15 metre
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Red Sanders (Hindi name - Lal Chandan or Raktachandan) is a light-demanding moderate sized tree growing upto 8 m tall with a trunk 50–150 cm diameter. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 m tall in three years even on degraded soils. It is not frost tolerant, being killed by temperatures of -1 °C but stays well at semi-arid climatic conditions.
The leaves are alternate, 3–9 cm long, trifoliate with three leaflets. The flowers are produced in short racemes. In Hinduism, this wood has been traditionally used as a sacred wood. The priests and higher class casts such as brahamin extensively use this wood on many of their rituals. It is found mainly in South India, Sri Lanka, and some parts of Nepal and Pakistan.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Sandal trees grow mainly on red ferregenuous loam, overlying metamorphic rocks, chiefly gneiss. They can tolerate shallow, rocky ground and stony or gravelly soils, voiding saline or calcareous soils, and are not exacting about the depth of the soil.
Rich and moist soils such as well-drained alluvial soils, do not support sandalwood well; the heartwood in such trees will be deficient in oil. Trees grown on poor soils yield better oil, though they cannot withstand water-logging.
Water: The important sandal tracts lie in places where rainfall varies from 60-160cm.
Temprature: The ideal temperature for its growth is between 12° and 30°C.
In Hinduism, this wood has been traditionally used as a sacred wood. The priests and higher class casts such as brahamin extensively use this wood on many of their rituals.
- Red sandalwood is used for treating digestive tract problems, fluid retention, and coughs; and for “blood purification.
- In manufacturing, red sandalwood is used as a flavouring in alcoholic beverages.