A small, flowering tree that has a spreading crown. A ‘handkerchief tree,’ Ashoka is prized for the way the leaves hang. Like a Victorian lady holding a handkerchief, the new growth hangs limp and is reddish/pinkish in color. Orange and yellow flowers are born off the tunk and from within the canopy. Fragrant flowers are produced throughout most of the year.
A low maintenance tree when grown on the windward side. It needs protection from strong sun and wind.
Native to India and western Myanmar, Ashoka is critical herbal medicine in Ayurveda. The tree is considered to be very spiritual and is often planted around Buddhist and Hindu temples. It is said that Buddha was born under this attractive tree. The common name, Asoka, means ‘sorrowless’ or ‘remover of sorrow’ in Sanskrit. The ashoka tree is a symbol of love.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Nitrogen fixer
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers