Ashok is native to India and Srilanka. Somehow, the name Ashok has stuck in
north India, although the "real" Ashok is what is also called
. The weeping, branching
habit of this 25-foot tall tree gives it a narrow columnar shape. Glossy
green, long, narrow leaves have attractive wavy edges.
Ashok is commonly seen as a lofty column,
very graceful with its downward-sweeping branchlets and shining, green
foliage ; but sometimes wide-spreading slender branches issue from the
straight trunk and form a compact symmetrical crown. It is a very popular tree
in India. The bark is smooth and dark greyish-brown.
Flowers appear during March and April. For a short period — two or three weeks
only — the tree is covered with a profusion of delicate, star-like flowers,
which, being palest-green in colour, give the tree a peculiar hazy appearance.
They grow in clusters from small protuberances all along the dark branchlets.
Each flower, borne on a slim, green stem has a tiny calyx and six long,
narrow, wavy petals arranged in two sets of three.