Alstonia Scholaris, Dita Tree, Saptaparni – Plant


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Alstonia scholaris, commonly known as the dita tree, is an evergreen that may grow up to 100 feet tall.

The botanical name of this plant is Alstonia scholaris. The generic name came after botanist, Prof. Alston of Edinburgh. Species name scholars refer to the fact that the timber of this tree has traditionally been used to make wooden slates for school children.

It has rough, grey bark and large leaves that grow in clusters of seven. The flowers are small and greenish-yellow in color. The fruits are thin pods that can grow up to 20 inches long. The sap of the tree is sticky and bitter.



Plant Specifications

Plant Height 31 inch (79 cm)
Plant Spread 8 inch (20 cm)
*above specifications are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Dita tree, devil tree.
Maximum Reachable Height 100 feet.
Flower Colour The fragrant flowers are greenish-white
Bloom Time Late autumn to early winter
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care


  • It grows better under a moist, warm climate but cannot stand waterlogging.
  • Recommended for planting in parks, gardens, and inside lawns. Suitable for avenue planting.

    Alstonia Scholaris Care

    It has been extensively planted in India. Also seems to grow well in hot dry regions.

    Sunlight Full sun.
    Watering Keep the soil moist but not logged.
    Soil Fertile, moist, but well-drained soil.
    Temperature Annual temperature in the range of 12 to 32 degrees C.
    Fertilizer Apply an organic fertilizer of FYM.

    Alstonia Scholaris Special Feature

    In Ayurveda, it is used as a bitter and as astringent herb for treating skin disorders, malarial fever, urticaria, chronic dysentery, diarrhea, snake bite, and for the upper purification process of Panchakarma.

    Alstonia Scholaris Uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • It is used as the ornamental plant

    Medicinal Use:

    • It is used to treat bowel complaints, abdominal pains, fevers and irregular menstruation, and has proved a valuable remedy for chronic diarrhea and the advanced stages of dysentery
    • A decoction is applied as a wash for skin diseases, and as a gargle
    • Note: The following information is general guidelines
    • Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

    Culinary Use:

    • The latex provides a good quality chewing gum
    • It is usually used in making packing boxes, blackboards etc


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