Polyalthia longifolia, also known as Ashok Ulta, is a large evergreen tree native to India. It can grow up to 30 m tall and has a wide, spreading canopy. The leaves are oblong-elliptical in shape and are dark green in color. The flowers are white and borne in clusters. The fruit is a black drupe.These are columnar trees with a weeping habit that stay full to the ground with greenery from top to bottom.
How to care:
Polyalthia longifolia is a relatively easy tree to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought-tolerant. It can be pruned to maintain a desired shape or size.Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the tree’s rootball.
No trimming is necessary, since the tree’s natural shape is a big part of its beauty.
Regular irrigation is best but make sure the planting area is well-drained.
Polyalthia longifolia is drought-tolerant once established, but young trees will need regular watering.
This tree prefers full sun to partial shade.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced fertilizer.Fertilize 3 times a year – in spring, summer, and autumn – with a top quality granular fertilizer.
Prune to shape as needed. Heavy pruning can be done in late winter.
Pests and diseases:
Ashok Ulta is generally pest and disease-free.
Propagate from seed or semi-ripe cuttings.
Ashok Ulta is commonly used as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens.They have an artistic, charming and somewhat formal look, especially effective when planted in rows.Surprisingly wind-tolerant for such tall, narrow trees, these are often used in group plantings for windbreak trees, privacy hedges and even to cut down on noise pollution.