About Alstonia Scholaris
The Botanical name of this plant is Alstonia Scholaris with its Generic name being derived from the botanist Prof. Alston of Edinburgh. The species name ‘Scholaris’ is a reference that the timber of this tree has been traditionally used to make wooden slats for the children in schools.
This plant has large leaves which grow in clusters of seven and a bark which is rough and grey. Small and greenish-yellow coloured flowers bloom on this tree. The fruits on this tree are thin pods and can acquire a height up to 20 inches. The sap of Alstonia Scholaris is sticky and bitter.
|Common Name||Dita tree, devil tree.|
|Maximum Reachable Height||100 feet.|
|Flower Colour||The fragrant flowers are greenish-white|
|Bloom Time||Late autumn to early winter|
The growing capacity of the plants is better under moist, warm climates. However, it can not stand waterlogging. It is generally recommended for planting in parks, gardens and inside lawns. Highly suitable for Avenue planting.
Alstonia Scholaris Care
It has been immensely planted in India and has performed well in the hot dry regions.
|Watering||Keep the soil moist but not logged.|
|Soil||Fertile, moist, but well-drained soil.|
|Temperature||Annual temperature in the range of 12 to 32 degrees C.|
|Fertilizer||Apply an organic fertilizer of FYM.|
Alstonia Scholaris Special Feature
Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, uses it as a bitter herb and as an astringent herb for treating skin disorders, malarial fever, urticaria, chronic dysentery, diarrhoea, in snake bite and for the upper purification process of Panchakarma.
Alstonia Scholaris Uses
- It is used as the ornamental plant
- 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
Note: The following information is a general guideline. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.
- The latex provides good quality chewing gum.
- It is usually used in making packing boxes, blackboards etc.