The Bakul tree, also known as the Indian medlar is native to India and one of the holiest trees according to Hinduism. This tree is frequently referred to in the Indian Holy Scriptures. According to legend, a Hindu God said that if wine is sprinkled on a beautiful woman's face, the beautiful aromatic Bakul flowers will spring forth.
The popularity of this tree is due to its various medicinal properties and all-round usefulness. Though not ornamental, this tree is a great addition to any garden if you are looking for a plant which is fairly easy to grow and is useful in your daily life. It is also found in many parts of Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and throughout Africa
The Bakul tree does not need much care. However it adapts to humid climates. Therefore they should be planted in areas with humidity.
The trees grow best under full sunlight. Being from India they are adapted to face the full sun. They grow well in temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius and below 35 degrees Celsius.
These trees need moderate amounts of water. They should be watered regularly but in small amounts. Overwatering the plants might have an adverse effect on them.
These trees grow well in any kind of soil as long as they have good drainage properties. Loamy soil is best suited for the purpose.
Any organic fertilizer works well with the Bakul tree.
The Bakul tree is a large evergreen tree. The leaves are oblong and leathery with wavy margins while the bark is dark grey. The flowers are white and fragrant which attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. The fruits are ovoid or ellipsoid. Each fruit contains 1-2 seeds which are greyish brown and shiny.
The Bakul tree is very helpful in the treatment of gums and dental problems. The pulp of the fruit contains astringent and helps in the treatment of chronic dysentery.