The Pride of India

Here is one of the most spectacular flowering trees in the world. The Queen's Crape Myrtle or simply, Jarul (Lagerstroemia Speciosa/जारुळ, तामण) is one of the most outstanding summer bloomers. It is a fast growing species which has many uses to its name.

A profusion of large, bright pink to lavender blooms appear in dense, foot-long, terminal panicles, making Jarul tree a spectacular specimen to look at. Putting out brilliant displays of the glorious bright flowers, the tree attracts large numbers of bees, butterflies and birds. Furthermore, a well grown tree may flower twice a year. Due to which, it will stand out in every garden and is a beautiful landscape tree. The Jarul tree can start flowering as early as three years of age. 

Jarul is a drought tolerant species which is easily cared in the garden or landscape with really a low maintenance. It will grow in full sun on a wide range of well-drained soils but is not salt-tolerant. It coppices freely and is easily propagated by seeds, cuttings, root suckers.

Jarul has dense and wide spreading root system. Hence the tree is valued for erosion control. The hardy tree can even be utilised for reforestation of degraded hills.

Being one of the most beautiful trees, moreover, this tree is also medicinally valuable & famous in Ayurvedic medicine. Jarul can be used to treat number of ailments such as urinary tract infections, blood pressure & even type II diabetes mellitus. It is also believed to have anti-diabetic & weight reducing properties. Technically, the active principle is considered to be corosolic acid, which promotes glucose transport or utilization in the body cells. The current thinking is that Jarul can lower glucose independent of pancreatic insulin. This makes the active principle of the tree a natural form of insulin from plants. A tea, made from the leaves, served as a health drink. There are no known side effects or toxic reactions of Jarul. In fact, it has been reported that it can help detoxify the body and protect the liver.

This species is also known by the name 'Pride of India' and it certainly merits this name attributed to it. It one of the well-known ornamental trees and is widely cultivated in home-gardens & as an avenue tree. It is perfect tree for urban societies. In full bloom, the pale greens and variegated clusters of beautiful flowers stand out as a relief against the dense darkness of the cement jungle.

12 comments:

  1. I had been looking for these trees in Pune since a year.Then one fine morning,I noticed that about 25 trees have been planted by PCMC in garden opposite to my House.
    Till then I had been complaining that Government bodies only plant useless exotic/foreign species.But I now believe there are lots of people who are making a difference.
    In Pune,there is a very tall Taman tree on Bhandarkar Road opposite HDFC bank - near Pawar Quarters.

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  2. hi,
    came across your blog - very inspiring! I started with planting trees a couple of months back to make the road as green as possible. I planted two gulmohar trees :(, without knowing that their aren't native to India.
    I'd like to plant the Jarul tree, but haven't found it any nursery here(chennai). WOuld you know any sources? Thanks!

    Mano.

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    1. Hey Mano, sorry couldn't tell about Chennai. btw its great to know that you want to go for Natives..! :)

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  3. Hi,
    This site is really very good.Can you share some nursery in Maharashtra where we can get these native sapling?

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    1. Hi..
      Thank you. :)
      For native saplings, you may contact any nursery maintained by forest department. There are many private nurseries also which have native saplings.

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  4. Very informative article. Today I got a cutting from the tree. Is it possible to propagate the tree from stem cuttings?
    Please reply.

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    1. Sure.. You just have to take extra care.. And to be transferred from poly-bag to the planting site only after 3-4 months.

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  5. Swati Hake....
    Pune people can get to see the Crape Myrtle in pink,light pink and lavender at our Sarasbaug....

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  6. Hello, Happy Earth Day, I would like to know where i can find the seedsof this tree in mumbai? i live in Andheri West.

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    1. Hi Sapna... Hope you had a wonderful Earth day!
      I am not sure about the place in Andheri where you can find the seeds. But Jijamata Udyan (Raanichi Baug) have these trees. Now fortunately it is the fruiting season of the tree. You may visit the garden to collect the seeds in next 2-3 weeks or so.

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  7. I live in Pune and interested in planting trees on roadside. Which are the best trees suiting Pune's climate? Further first preference is fruit bearing trees and then flowering trees.

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  8. hi paresh..
    i m here aftr very long time.. i think u have touched other topics related to environment (other than trees).. very nice.. its a treat to us.. i really want something to save our environment. and i m sure ur blog will lead us in right direction.. wishing u a great success in this great work.. and expecting a lot more good stuff from this blog.. thanks..

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