Genus: Terminalia Arjuna
Common Name: Arjuna / Tella Maddi / Dhavala / Kumbuk / Neer Maruthu / Arjun Gach / White Marudah / Orjun
This gorgeous tree caught my attention for the rich reds and rust colored leaves that are popping up in the tree now, even as the other trees in the vicinity are turning bright green with fresh leaves. It started out with a pinkish red hue and then deepened to orange and finally a rust red. Check out the fallen leaves under the tree.
On closer inspection, I realized this is the Arjuna tree which bears wooden fruits that are very similar in shape to the star fruit. In my colony, this tree has been planted all over and some of them have become massive, both in canopy and in height. I am in absolute awe of this gorgeous tree and the way its leaves change color in season.
I could find a name for this tree in almost all Indian languages, making me wonder how widely planted it is in India. In fact it is found all over the Indian subcontinent, Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya. I saw an enormous grove of the Arjuna tree at the Sundar Nursery in New Delhi during a tree walk last October.
Traditionally the Arjuna tree is fondly called the Guardian of the heart as its widely used in treating heart diseases since ages. Did you know that the hero of the Mahabharata tale is named so after this tree and its protective effects?
The Tassar silk producing moth loves to feed on the Arjuna tree, lending a commercial importance to this tree is today’s times. This tree also finds a welcome home on coffee plantations for its broad canopies to provide shade to the coffee plants. The bark and leaves contain tannin, which is of commercial value in industrial use.
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Thursday Tree Love is a fabulous tree hop by the lovely Parul K Thakur who opens the blog hop every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. So if you have a gorgeous tree to share with us, please link up on her post.
Meantime you can have a look at the tree I shared last fortnight here