Alstonia Scholaris, Dita Tree, Saptaparni - Plant
It has rough, grey bark and large leaves that grow in clusters of seven. The flowers are small and greenish-yellow in color. The fruits are thin pods that can grow up to 20 inches long. The sap of the tree is sticky and bitter.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Dita tree, devil tree.||The fragnant flowers are greenish white||Early winter.||100 feet.||Easy.|
Planting and care
It has been extensively planted in India. Also seems to grow well in hot dry regions.
|Full sun.||Fertile, moist, but well-drained soil.||Keep the soil moist.||Annual temperature in the range 12 - 32C.||-|
- The tree came to have â€˜Scholarisâ€™ as its species name because its bark was used to make writing slates.
- It grows better under moist, warm climate but cannot stand water logging.
- Recommended for planting in parks, gardens and inside lawns. Suitable for avenue planting.
Special features: In Ayurveda it is used as a bitter and as an astringent herb for treating skin disorders, malarial fever, urticaria, chronic dysentery, diarrhea, in snake bite and for upper purification process of Panchakarma .
Culinary use: The latex provides a good quality chewing gum.
Medicinal use: It is used to treat bowel complaints, abdominal pains, fevers and irregular menstruation, and has proved a valuable remedy for chronic diarrhoea and the advanced stages of dysentery. A decoction is applied as a wash for skin diseases, and as a gargle.