Which trees should you consider for a tree plantation drive in India?
In this age of constant motion and commotion, the art of relaxing under a shade giving tree is a lost passion. But there are a lot of people who are trying to bring back the value of trees and the importance they hold to the ecosystem generally. At Treed we understand the value of trees and this article will list down the trees you should consider if you are someone who is planning a plantation drive in India
1. Neem Tree
This is a tree that can be grown in both non-tropical and tropical regions. Neem trees have been known to possess a lot of medicinal virtues and are extensively used to treat various ailments. A natural pesticide and disinfectant, neem has found a lot of value as a soap or a detergent. It is also supposed to have cleansing properties when consumed. Neem has been in use in India for generations and has also found its place among the scriptures. At Treed, we try to draw inspiration from such ancient scriptures while creating our Treed wooden watches.
2. Ashoka Tree
Ashoka trees love the rain and can often be found in rain forests. Easily recognizable due to dark green color of the leaves and also the way they grow in bunches. Once grown, these trees are evergreen. Their fragrant and bright orange flowers add beauty to any plantation. They have recently gained popularity in the furniture market and in making engraved gifts and wooden watches.
3. Sandalwood Tree
Sandalwood trees hold a special place in Indian culture. Sandalwood is extensively used in making scented oils and soaps and pastes. They are used in virtually all communities for religious and beauty purposes. Sandalwood trees have fine-grained and heavy wood and are very robust. If, you are planning to plant Sandalwood trees in your plantation drive be sure to get permission from the government. Treed Signature watches are made exclusively out of Sandalwood.
4. Walnut Tree
Walnut trees require adequate sunshine to grow and also fertile soil. It is also one of the easiest trees to grow. They reach fruit bearing age by the time they turn three. Walnut tree wood are ideal timber since they swell very little. The grains are straight and known to be quite shock proof. It also easily integrates with metal and doesn’t split very often. It is for these qualities that Treed Original series of watches has been created using wood from Walnut trees.
5. Mango Tree
Mango trees are one of the most sought after trees in India. While the primary objective of growing Mango trees is for the delectable fruit, Mango wood is also used extensively in India. Mango wood used as timber because of its less processing requirements. In fact, they can be sent to a timber ward for furniture building almost immediately after the tree is cut. It’s grains also bears similarity with teak and so is a popular choice for people who want the teak look without the expenses.
6. Gulmohar Tree
When fully grown these trees are mesmerizing. Gulmohar trees are also evergreen and thrive when grown in sunny areas. The colors of a Gulmohar tree varies from deep scarlet to bright orange. The flowers are also large and beautiful to look at. It is also extensively grown in India and a plantation drive is incomplete with a Gulmohar tree. They also let out a very pleasant aroma during summer months. They are also rich in medicinal applications because of its antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Gulmohar leaves are long and are used to produce extracts which have been known to reduce glucose levels in blood. This makes it a natural anti-diabetic.
7. Indian Mahogany
The Mahogany is ubiquitous with furniture in India. A tall tree, it is known for its straight and sizeable trunk. Mahogany trees are extremely deep-rooted and so ensure your soil runs deep when planting Mahogany. These trees are not very particular about the upper soil quality and will grow on basically any type of soil. But they do require a lot of Sunlight and do not do so well in freezing conditions. Mahogany trees are exclusively grown for their wood and a large Mahogany plantation can earn a lot of money. The wood from these trees is solid and doesn’t splinter easily and makes for great furniture. Because of the strength of Mahogany tree wood they are also used for making boats and doors. They can also be used for making delicate things like trinkets and wooden watches.