Amoora Rohituka belongs to the family Meliaceae which is also known as the Neem family. It is scientifically known as Aphanamixis polystachya. According to Ayurveda various parts of the tree have medicinal properties.
Their natural habitat is in low level hilly regions or along the river bank.
Rohituka is easy to care for. The plant is quite robust and can endure most conditions.
They can grow in full sun or partial shade. Plant the tree where it will receive good amount of sunlight.
The plant starts to flower quite early. The blooming season beings around May and lasts till September. It has beautiful white sweetly scented flowers which hang down from forest green leaves in clusters. It also has slightly fleshy yellow to pale red fruits. The fruits are round in shape and tend to open up when ripe.
Although the tree is moderately drought tolerant but make sure to water in the morning and evening for best results. The plant prefers moist soil.
It grows well in sandy, clayey and fertile loamy soils. The tree prefers a well-drained soil but can survive slightly slouchy soil. Soil will yield better results when organic material like manure is mixed into it.
The average height of the plant ranges from 20m to 30m. It has an umbrella shaped crown.
You can use any organic fertilizer. Do-not over fertilize. Fertilize right before the beginning of blooming season.
No major pests or diseases are known. The plant needs to be pruned around summer for better foliage on regrowth.
It can be planted as an avenue plant.
The bark of the plant has medicinal value and is used in the treatment of spleen and liver diseases, rheumatism, colds and chest pains. Leaves are sometimes used as an insecticide for crops. Oil extracted from seeds is used in making soap and as lubricating oil. The wood is used in making furniture.