Millingtonia hortensis: Tree jasmine

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. The tree can grow to a height of 25 meters with a dense green foliage.

Beautiful, delicately-scented, white, tubular flowers adorn the tree during summer and also in winter. Flowers have a long slender tube of corolla ending in five delicate white petals.

Tree jasmine flowers are short-lived; blooming at night and shedding in the morning so that the ground will be carpeted with white stars during the flowering season. The pinnate leaves are very pretty, making the tree ornamental even without flowers.

The wood is quite brittle, and the outer bark looks cracked. Hence it is not used to make furniture, but is used as a cheap alternative to cork.

The Indian cork tree has some medicinal uses; the leaves being used to treat fever and sinusitis. Dry flowers and roots are used for treating lung ailments. Indian cork tree is a fast growing tree, that thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight.

Propagation is from seeds and suckers that grown around the parent tree.

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2 thoughts on “Millingtonia hortensis: Tree jasmine

  1. hello, I would like to know this tree flowering season. myself I saw on January, can you explain detail.

    1. Indian Cork Tree starts blooming around May-June and flowers stay till Nov-Dec. Long, white, tubular flowers having a lovely fragrance open in the night, and drops in the morning.

      The trees in our apartment in Bangalore have started blooming already now, on May 13th 2022. Below are some pictures taken today morning.

      Indian Cork Tree Blooms - May 13, 2022

      Indian Cork Tree Blooms - May 13, 2022

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