Shorea Robusta, Sal, Shala, Jayanti - Plant
Description for Shorea Robusta, Sal, Shala, Jayanti
Shorea robusta, also known as śāl, sakhua or shala tree, is a species of tree belonging to the Dipterocarpaceae family
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Shorea robusta||light yellow||April-May.||30 to 35 m||easy to grow|
Planting and care
In wetter areas, it is evergreen; in drier areas, it is dry-season deciduous, shedding most of the leaves in between February to April, leafing out again in April and May. The sal flowers, whitish in color, appear in early summer. These are borne in raceme-like panicles in leaf axils, covered with white pubescence.
|Full Sun||well-drained soil||medium||22â€“27 Â°C (72â€“81 Â°F)||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Shorea Robusta
- In Buddhist tradition, it is said that Guatama Buddha was born under the branches of this tree while his mother was en route to birth him in his grandfather s kingdom.
- Sal is one of the most important sources of hardwood timber in India, with hard, coarse-grained wood that is light in colour when freshly cut, and becoming dark brown with exposure..
Typical uses of Shorea Robusta
Special features: Sal tree resin, á¹›la in Sanskrit, is used as an astringent in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also burned as incense in Hindu ceremonies, and sal seeds and fruit are a source of lamp oil and vegetable fat. Shorea robusta seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as cooking oil after refining.
Culinary use: leaves
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Shorea robusta (Sal), an important traditional Indian medicinal plant used in various ailments and rituals and the indigenous use of the resin of this plant as a medicament for treatment of various inflammatory conditions is well documented in literature.