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Saraca - (Roxb.) W.J.de Wilde

Common Name Asoka Tree. Sorrow-less Tree
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland forests at elevations up to 500 metres[451 ].
Range E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Saraca Asoka Tree. Sorrow-less Tree

Saraca Asoka Tree. Sorrow-less Tree


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Physical Characteristics

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Saraca is an evergreen Tree growing to 9 m (29ft) by 9 m (29ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


Jonesia asoca Roxb.


Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The following uses are listed for S. Indica. It is quite likely that they apply here, either instead of or as well as under S. Indica[K ]. The bark is a very popular herb in Ayurveda, where it is said to be particularly useful for treating the female reproductive system[304 ]. It is strongly astringent and a uterine sedative[304 ]. It is said to have a stimulating effect on uterine and ovarian tissue[304 , 362 ]. It is said to be useful in the treatment of several ailments including menstrual cramps; some cases of uterine bleeding; uterine fibroids; haemorrhoids, and internal bleeding[304 , 362 ]. The bark contains tannins and catechol[240 ].

Other Uses

Prized for its beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers. The ashoka tree is considered sacred throughout the Indian subcontinent, especially in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This tree has many folklorical, religious and literary associations in the region. Nitrogen Fiver. Fodder: Pod.

Cultivation details

Humid Tropics. A rain-forest tree. Understorey tree along stream in evergreen to semi-evergreen forests up to 600 m.


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Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Assamese: Ashok-goch, Ashok, Ahok. English: Ashok tree, Ashokam. Gujarati: Ashopalava. Hindi: Sita Ashok, Ashok. Kannada: Achenge. Karbi. Mir krem. Malayalam: Hemapushpam, Ashokam. Marathi: Jasundi. Others: Sita Ashok, Sorrowless Tree. Tamil: Asogam, Ashoka Tree. Telugu: Asokamu.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Andamans, Asia, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Northeastern India, Pacific, Pakistan, SE Asia, Sri Lanka,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Vulnerable B1+2c

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