Mimusops Elengi Tree 15 Seeds, Fragrant Spanish Cherry, Indian Medlar Bakul

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$3.99 

Mimusops Elengi
Also known as: Spanish cherry, Indian Medlar, bullet wood, Bakul

A medium sized evergreen tree found in tropical forests in South Asia, Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Its timber is valuable, the fruit is edible, and it is used in traditional medicine. As the trees give thick shade reaching a height of about 16 m (52 ft) and the cream, hairy flowers that appear around April emit fragrance, it is a prized collection of gardens.

The edible fruit that appear in June are softly hairy and will become smooth, ovoid, bright red-orange when ripe. Leaves are glossy, dark green, oval shaped. Bark is thick and appears dark brownish black or grayish black in color, with striations and a few cracks on the surface. The essential oil from the bark is used in perfume. The wood is a luxurious wood that is extremely hard, strong, highly durable, and rich deep red in color. It is resistant to the attack of marine borer and dry-wood termites. The heart wood is sharply defined from the sapwood. It is easy to work with and takes a beautiful polish.

Medicinally it is used for diarrhea, dysentery, toothache and gum inflammation, gonorrhea, snake bites, fevers, wounds, scabies, eczema, headache, sore eyes, and constipation. Edible parts are the fruits (raw, cooked, or processed) and seed oil is used for cooking. The seed oil is also used to make paint and for lighting. The seeds themselves are used for making necklaces. The flowers retain their fragrance for a long time and are used as fillings in pillows, and for decorations and aesthetics.

The tree grows best in a sunny position, but is shade tolerant, retaining a full crown and reproducing satisfactorily under fairly dense shade. It prefers a deep, rich loam but adapts to a variety of soils. Intolerant of slow draining or waterlogged soils. Fairly wind and salt tolerant and often found grown near coastal sites as well as rocky locations and inland forests. Also intolerant of frost, USDA zone 10+.

This offer is for 15 seeds.

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