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Tree of Karnataka, Sandalwood - Plant

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Sandalwood has essential oil with an aroma. Valued for its heartwood which is strongly scented.

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Description for Tree of Karnataka, Sandalwood

Santalum album or Indian sandalwood is a small tropical tree, and is the most commonly known source of sandalwood. It is native to India, Indonesia, and the Malay Archipelago. This species has historically been cultivated, processed and traded since ancient times.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Indian sandalwood White December-January Up to 5 m Easy to grow

Planting and care

It normally grows in sandy or stony red soils, but a wide range of soil types are inhabited. This habitat has a temperature range from 0 to 38 °C and annual rainfall between 500 and 3000 mm.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun Sandy soil Moderately 25 to 35 °C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Tree of Karnataka

  • It should be planted in good sunlight and does not require a lot of water. The tree starts to flower after 7 years.
  • When the tree is still young the flowers are white and with age, they turn red or orange.
  • The trunk of the tree starts to develop its fragrance after about 10 years of growth.

Typical uses of Tree of Karnataka

Special features: The species have been utilized since ancient times for curing a number of ailments and diseases.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: For treating gastric irritability.
To relieve headache and control the body temperature during fever.
For healing inflamed skin.
in curing scabies and even for the removal of pimples.etc.


  • http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-herbs/sandalwood.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santalum_album#Habitat_and_Growth

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