Pterospermum Acerifolium 6 Seeds, Bayur Shade Dinner Plate Tree, Fragrant Karnikara

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Pterospermum Acerifolium
Also known as: Bayur tree, Karnikara, Dinner Plate Tree, Kanak Champa

Here is a timber and landscape tree originating from India and Asia, its natural range extending from the foothills of the Himalayas and hilly parts of central and eastern India, through Burma to southern China.

The large beautiful flowers are creamy-white, nocturnal and exceptionally fragrant, suggesting they attract moths and bats for pollination. The fertilised flowers are followed by cucumber-shaped seed capsules that persist on the tree for up twelve months, turning brown as they mature. They contain numerous seeds which are winged and designed for wind dispersal. The leaves are in the shape of a maple leaf, very large, dark glossy green on top and silvery underneath. 

A tree of variable size, growing from 50-70' tall, and develops a straight trunk supporting a rounded or irregularly-shaped crown of gently ascending branches. It is cultivated as an ornamental, making it a popular shade tree. The wood it produces is medium-weight, with low natural resistance to decay, limiting its use outdoors. Its use is mainly confined to making plywood, packing boxes and crates as well as safety matches and matchboxes. The spent flowers are collected in its native range for use in clothing and linen cupboards, as a deodoriser and to add a light fragrance to the clothes, sheets and towels that are stored. The large leaves have traditional use as serving plates or platters and as wrapping material.

Performs best on loam soils of a moderately acid to neutral nature, generally with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 and on sites with full to partial sun exposure. It has good tolerance to seasonal flooding. Grows naturally and has its best development in moderately humid to very humid subtropical and tropical climates. USDA zone 9b-11

This offer is for 6 seeds.