Kailashpati, Cannon-ball Tree - Plant

The cannon-ball tree is one of the most spectacular trees. This plant is a national flower plant of the Puducherry.

    What makes it special:
  • Large attractive colored flower.
  • Sweet, Strong Scented smell.
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About Kailashpati

Botanically known as Couroupita guianensis, Leaves are oblong, obovate, elliptic, or broadly lanceolate. Inflorescence a raceme, to 70 cm long, terminal, and axillary, borne on branches and trunk. Flowers are showy, fragrant, fleshy, red or rosy purple. Fruits globose, 15 to 20 cm, hard outside, pulpy inside, reddish brown in color.

The fruits of this plant are spherical, giving the common name Cannonball tree. An interesting feature of this tree are the large brightly coloured flowers with strong and sweet scented smell. They are orange, scarlet or pink in colored, growing from stalks sprouting from the tree trunk. Another peculiar thing about the flower is that they have no nectar within them.

This tree is considered to be sacred because the petals resemble the hood of the Naga, a sacred snake protecting the Shiva Lingam - the stigma. It is listed as a rare tree and flower in India. This tree grows up to 15 m tall.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height24 inch (61 cm)
Plant Spread 6 inch (15 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Cannon ball tree, Naga linga, Kailashpati
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 15 meter
Flower Colour Red to Pink
Bloom Time March to August
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care

Refer our Garden Guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

Light Requirement

  • More than 6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.

  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant.

  • Watering
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (Approx. 200 ml water) when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • As rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Do not over-water the plant.
  • Apply water preferably in morning or evening.

  • Application of Fertilizer
  • Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
  • During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

  • Re-potting
  • When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
  • Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.

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    Plant Protection
  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area.
  • Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

  • Don'ts
  • Do not over water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes.
  • Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves it may cause fungus infection.

    Kailashpati care

    Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

  • Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (Approx. 200 ml water) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

  • Key requirements to keep plant healthy:

    Sunlight More than 6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal for plant and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.
    Watering Apply 4 cup (Approx. 200 ml water) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
    Soil Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
    Temperature 25 to 35 degree Celsius
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).

    Kailashpati special feature

    Attractive colored flowers.

    Kailashpati uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • This plant is used as an ornamental tree in gardens for its large rosy purple flowers and large globular fruits

    Medicinal Use:

    • The fruit pulp is used to cure a headache
    • Leaf juice is applied externally for hair growth
    • Note: Used only after consulting the Health specialist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is cannonball tree scientific name?

    Cannonball tree scientific name is Couroupita guianensis

    Is cannonball tree fruit edible?

    The fruit is edible but is not usually eaten by people because, in contrast to its intensely fragrant flowers, it can have an unpleasant smell.

    Where do cannonball trees grow?

    Cannonball trees can grow well outdoor in sunlight (4-6 hrs).

    What are cannonball tree fruit uses?

    There are many medicinal uses of the plant. as per the published research extracts of several parts of the tree to treat hypertension, tumors, pain, and inflammation. It has been used to treat the common cold, stomachache, skin conditions and wounds, malaria, and toothache.

    What is cannonball tree?

    Couroupita guianensis is a deciduous flowering tree in the family Lecythidaceae. It is cultivated in many other tropical areas throughout the world because of its beautiful, fragrant flowers and large, interesting fruits.


    Sunday, 15 March 2020

    Wow nice plants and delivered in great condition..


    Thursday, 05 March 2020

    Perfectly OK for indoor use with artificial lighting.

    Abhay Sinha

    Monday, 24 February 2020

    Very nice plant but price is ok

    saisri patnaik
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