Indian Mast Tree

Polyalthia longifolia

Polyalthia longifolia var. pendula. Also known as False Ashoka By Mokkie [CC BY-SA 3.0] (Photo Credits)

A lofty evergreen tree, native to India, commonly planted due to its effectiveness in alleviating noise pollution. It has attractive symmetrical pyramidal growth with willowy weeping pendulous branches and long narrow lanceolate leaves with undulate margins. Grow over 10m in height. In past, the flexible, straight and light-weight trunks were used in the making of masts for sailing ships. That is why the tree is also known as the Mast Tree. Today, the tree is mostly used for manufacturing small articles such as pencils, boxes, matchsticks, etc.
Other Names: False Ashoka, Buddha Tree, Indian mast tree, Indian Fir tree


Specifications of Indian Mast Tree

Preferred Climate TropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA


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Indian Mast Tree Reviews & Tips

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Katherine Venes
2y ago

Townsville, Qld, Australia

Indian Mast Tree

I planted small plants 5 years ago, they have weathered both drought , 44C and a flood, and some are almost 2 storeys tall!!! Beautiful tall screen for narrow spaces. Beware if water nearby, they will grow bent out over it and fruit earlier!

3y ago


Indian Mast Tree

Further to my comment. The Mast Tree has a soft lush mid green leaves. Every leaf is different and goes from pale green to a darker green. If you plant these trees closer together they reasonably resemble a vertical garden. A great architectural plant.

Karen Foley
3y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Indian Mast Tree

Saw these growing in Singapore on my last visit. Very lush and tropical looking. Ideal alternative to a Cypress Pencil Pine where you want to block the neighbours view or cut down noise. Nice feature Tree.

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