• Scientifc name: Sygyzium cumini


  • Place of origin: Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia. (Auvaiyar- Murugan- Mythology)
  • Description: Trees grow to 30m with a lifespan of a hundred years. Small and fragrant flowers appear March to April which develop into fruits by May or June. Trees are beautiful with dense shade.


  • Grow best: In bright sunlight, in deep, loamy, well drained soil.
  • Use: The wood being water-resistant finds use as railway sleepers and furniture, while the leaves find use as livestock fodder and in  ornamental arrangements.

            The sweet-sour fruits are rich in vitamins and stain the tongue purple. Also used in making wine and vinegar while the seeds find use in Ayurveda.

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