Bakul, Maulsari, Vajradhanthi - Plant
Description for Bakul, Maulsari, Vajradhanthi
Maulsari, also known as Indian medlar, originates in the Indian subcontinent. Deemed one of the holiest trees, maulsari referred as vakula appears in Sanskrit literature and in the Indian epic, Ramayan. One Hindu legend holds that if wine is sprinkled on the mouth of a beautiful woman, maulsaris aromatic blossoms will spring forth.
Indeed, Krishna impressed the milkmaids when playing his flute underneath a maulsari tree on the banks of Yamuna. Even today, its richly scented flowers are used in garland making.
Large evergreen tree with dark grey fissured bark and densely spreading crown;Leaves oblong, glabrous and leathery with wavy margins, Flowers white, fragrant, axillary, solitary or fascicled, Fruits ovoid or ellipsoid berries, Seeds 1-2 per fruit, ovoid, compressed, greyish brown and shiny.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Bakul, Maulsari, Vajradhanthi,Spanish cherry||yellowish white in color||Mid Spring,Late Spring/Early Summer||15-20 ft||easy to grow|
Planting and care
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant
|Full Sun||well-drained soil||Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater||4C.||apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Bakul
- Grows naturally in sub-humid to very humid topical lowland climates, generally in frost-free areas with average annual lows of 21 to 24 C, average annual highs of 29 to 35 C and annual rainfall of 900 to 4000 mm, with a dry season of 3 to 7 months. However, it has its best development in areas with annual rainfall of 1500 mm or more.
Typical uses of Bakul
Special features: Various parts are found used in traditional Indian or Ayurvedic medicine. The ripe fruit pulp has astringent properties and is used in the treatment of chronic dysentery.
Ornamental use: na
Medicinal use: gum problems and dental disorders
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