Mangifera indica

Family: Anacardiaceae
Common name: Mango Tree
One of the most common fruit trees in India, it’s a favorite fruit in these areas. Read more >>

Azadirachta indica

Family: Meliaceae
Common name: Neem
Neem is one of the most common trees grown in home gardens and also seen by the sides of the road. Read more >>

Persea americana

Family: Lauraceae
Common name: Avocado
Avocados are a more recent entry into the India cuisine, but is fast becoming a hot favorite. Read more >>

Callistemon citrinus

Family: Myrtaceae
Common name: Meleleuca citrina, Bottlebrush tree
Who wouldn’t want a garden tree full of glowing red, fuzzy flowers that look like bottle brushes?!! Read more >>

Cocos nucifera

Family: Arecaceae
Common name: Coconut tree
Did you know that there is a state in India named after the coconut tree? It’s Kerala, the land of coconut trees. Read more >>

Millingtonia hortensis

Family: Bignoniaceae
Common name: Tree jasmine, Indian cork tree
Mostly grown in South and South-east Asia, Indian cork tree is primarily an ornamental tree. Read more >>


Family: Myrtaceae
Common name: Eucalyptus
Most of us know about Eucalyptus oil, used for steam inhalation to relieve chest and nasal congestion. Read more >>

Tecoma stans

Family: Bignoniaceae
Common name: Yellow trumpetbush, Yellow elder, Yellow bells
The name says it all! It’s yellow, looks like a trumpet or like a bell but much prettier. Read more >>

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Poinciana, Peacock flower, Red bird of paradise
Technically a shrub, Peacock flower plant can grow to about 3 meters making it essentially as big as a garden tree. Read more >>

Erythrina crista-galli

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Cockspur coral tree, Coral tree, Coral bush, Ceibo
For an assuming, simple tree, the Cockspur coral tree has the most astonishing-looking crab-claw-like red flowers. Read more >>

Millettia pinnata

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Pongamia Pinnata, Indian beech tree, Honge
A very common tree on Indian roads, especially in South India, the Indian beech tree has many industrial and medicinal uses. Read more >>

Delonix regia

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Royal Poinciana, Gulmohar, May flower tree
Gulmohar trees are called Flames of the forest for good reason. During flowering season, the tree gets a drape of deep glowing red. Read more >>

Schefflera actinophylla

Family: Araliaceae
Common name: Octopus tree, Umbrella tree, Ivy palm
One look at this tree and you would know why it’s called the Octopus tree. It does look like an Octopus or a Jelly fish. Read more >>

Markhamia lutea

Family: Bignoniaceae
Common name: Nile tulip, Siala tree, Markhamia, Dolichandra
Markhamia trees adorn Indian roads with their flames of yellow flowers, with hanging seeds pods as embellishments. Read more >>

Spathodea campanulata

Family: Bignoniaceae
Common name: African tulip tree, Fountain tree, Pichkari, Nandi flame
A native of Africa, these trees are now seen adorning gardens and hillsides all over the world. Read more >>

Tabebuia rosea

Family: Bignoniaceae
Common name: Pink poui, Rosy trumpet tree
Rosy trumpet tree is a fascinating sight to see during flowering season, with almost no leaves and a flame of pink flowers. Read more >>

Terminalia catappa

Family: Combretaceae
Common name: Indian almond, Almond tree, Badam tree, Malabar almond, Tropical almond
Indian Almond trees are very commonly seen on Indian roads, parks and gardens. Read more >>

Cananga odorata

Family: Annonaceae
Common name: Ylang-ylang, Perfume tree, Fragrant Cananga
A beautiful tropical tree, Ylang-Ylang tree (pronounced Lang-Lang) flowers are used in making perfumes. It is a fast-growing tree. Read more >>

Peltophorum pterocarpum

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Yellow flame, Yellow flame-tree, Yellow poinciana
Yellow flame trees are common roadside trees in India, Singapore and other Asian countries, because they are good shade trees. Read more >>

Muntingia calabura

Family: Muntingiaceae
Common name: Jamaica cherry, Strawberry tree, Panama cherry
Jamaica cherry tree is seen in the mostly unlikely places; roadsides where no other tree can take root because they are very resilient. Read more >>

Psidium guajava

Family: Myrtaceae
Common name: Guava, Common guava, Yellow guava, Apple guava
Guava is most commonly eaten fruit in India, and not surprisingly, India is the largest producer of Guava contributing 41% of the total guava production. Read more >>

Grevillea robusta

Family: Myrtaceae
Common name: Silver oak, Silk oak, Southern silky oak
Silver oak is a very strong, sturdy tree that can grow from 10 to 40 meters tall with a main trunk that can reach up to 1 meter in diameter. Read more >>

Ficus microcarpa

Family: Moraceae
Common name: Chinese banyan, Curtain fig, Malayan banyan, Indian laurel
Curtain figs can grow as bonsai plants that are a few inches tall, to large trees that are over a 100 feet tall. Read more >>

Ficus benjamina

Family: Moraceae
Common name: Ficus, Weeping fig, Benjamin fig, Ficus tree
Ficus Benjamina is one of the most common ficus trees seen in gardens and indoors, and is usually just called Ficus. Read more >>

Cupressus macrocarpa

Family: Cupressaceae
Common name: Lemon cypress, Monterey cypress, Cypress goldcrest
There are many similar looking trees in the family Cupressaceae or Cypress, that it’s difficult to distinguish between them. Read more >>

Brownea grandiceps

Family: Fabaceae
Common name: Scarlet flame bean, Rose of Venezuela
Rose of Venezuela trees can be recognized very easily by their leaves or their flowers, both having very distinct characteristics. Read more >>

Washingtonia filifera

Family: Arecaceae
Common name: Desert fan palm, California fan palm, Petticoat palm
Desert fan palms are seen in dry regions of western USA, growing and thriving in extreme weather conditions. Read more >>

Bismarckia nobilis

Family: Arecaceae
Common name: Bismarck palm
There are a wide variety of palm trees looking very similar to one another; but the Bismarck palm is distinguished by its large silver-colored leaves. Read more >>

Manilkara zapota

Family: Sapotaceae
Common name: Sapota, Sapodilla, Chikoo
An exotic tropical fruit like Mango or Jackfruit, Sapota is one of India’s favorite fruits. Read more >>

Araucaria heterophylla

Family: Araucariaceae
Common name: Norfolk island pine, Star pine, Living Christmas tree
Norfolk Island palm is a native of Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, which has high ecological significance. Read more >>