Originating from Sri Lanka, this has become one of the
park and avenue trees of tropical Asia.
It has a striking narrowly conical or columnar habit sometimes
almost pole-like, with a curtain of long, glossy green leaves with
slightly wavy edges concealing all but the base of the trunk.
New foliage flushes are at first yellowish then bronzy green.
Small greenish yellow flowers are borne in the wet season (summer)
but are hidden under the foliage, and the small plum-like fruits are
eaten only by animals such as fruit-bats.
Cultivation: Plant in moist, well-drained soil and shade when young.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.