|Common Name||Shorea robusta, sal, sakura, shala tree|
|Maximum Reachable Height||up to 35 m|
|Flower Colour||light yellow|
|Difficulty Level||easy to grow|
Planting And Care
It cannot grow in shade. It requires sunlight.
It requires moist soil but avoids overflowing water.
Sal Tree 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.
It requires well-drained, fertile soils, though it prefers a moist sandy loam with good subsoil drainage.
It doesn’t tolerate water-logging.
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Sal Tree Special Feature
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. Some cultures in Bengal worship Sarna Burhi, a goddess associated with sacred groves of Sal trees.
Sal Tree Uses
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
- 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 the treatment of various inflammatory conditions is well documented in the literature
- The seeds are a source of sal butter, an oil that is used in cooking like ghee and as a substitute for cocoa butter in making chocolate
- Fruits are also eaten occasionally