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Toon Tree   
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Toon Tree
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Indian mahogany, Red cedar, Surian • Hindi: Toon तून • Manipuri: তাইৰেল Tairel • Malayalam: Vempu • Assamese: Poma Jatipoma • Tamil: துந் மரம் Tun Maram • Kannada: Tundu • Telugu: Nandichettu • Bengali: Tun • Marathi: Kunant
Botanical name: Toona ciliata    Family: Meliaceae (Neem family)

Toon is a large deciduous tree generally with a wide spreading and handsome crown attaining a height of 45 m and a stem diameter of 2 m. In cities may be of a much smaller stature. Also known as Red Cedar, Toon is famous for it's fragrant red wood that is much sought after for use in furniture making, building and ornamental woodwork. The soft wood is easily worked and polishes to a rich red that is enhanced with age. Flowers are white, fragrant, in a large pyramidal panicle at the ends of the branchlets. Individual flowers about 5 mm long. Flowering period is in spring. Leaves are alternate, pinnate, consisting of five to seventeen leaflets. Leaflets opposite or irregularly alternate, ovate-lanceolate, 4-13 cm long, often drawn out to a long point at the tip, unequal at the base. Green both surfaces, paler beneath, red and downy when young.

Photographed in Delhi.
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