The Sita Ashok/Saraca indica is a tree with beautiful fragrant flowers. It blooms during this season. The picture above and below are of my tree. It’s a slow-growing small, evergreen tree and perfect for small gardens. The tree is indigeneous to India, Burma and Malaysia.
These clusters of long-tubed flowers are yellow when new but turn orange and then crimson with age as well as the effect of the sun’s rays. The long stamens make the blooms look even more spectacular. The leaves are dark green but young leaves are red, rather like the colour of mango leaves. The bark is smooth and grey.
The word Ashok means without grief. Hence this tree is also called the “sorrowless” tree. The tree’s connections with mythology and traditions can be found here.
This photo was taken at a nursery a few days ago. See how the clusters of blooms form on the branches. More details on the tree is here.
To see the most beautiful blooms, head over to Today’s Flowers @ http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com
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