Tree species available for adoption

1. Neem

Most parts of the neem tree are credited with medicinal value.

2. Jamun

Fruit has lots of medicinal values and good to eat too!

3. Pilkhan

The leaves make an excellent fodder, particularly loved by elephants. A quick grower that provides ample shade, the Pilkhan is often used as an avenue tree.

4. Papdi

A variable one stop pharmacy credited with an astonishing range of remedies in folk medicine. There is also a recent interest in its potential as a bio-fuel.

5. Bael

Much preferred summer drink is made of its fruit. The seeds are encased in a strong-smelling pulp. It has great medicinal value and is also considered sacred.

6. Goolar

Most parts of the tree are used in traditional healing. An astringent lotion made from the bark is credited in treating deep wounds inflicted by tiger claws!

7. Amaltas

Much sought after and widely cultivated for its arrestingly beautiful, drooping sprays of bright-yellow flowers. The bark is used as a tan and yields a red dye.

8. Putranjiva

Makes one of the best clipped evergreen hedges of all Indian plants. Used in traditional medicines, the leaves are used to make good cattle fodder.

9. Peepal

The root- bark is one of the five barks most valued by ancient Indian physicians. The juice of the bark is used as a mouthwash, and for curing toothache and weak gums.

10. Mehndi

Paste made of mehndi leaves is widely used by women on many occasions. The plant is also known as henna.

11. Arjuna

The bark and leaves have astringent and purgative properties. It is also used to add ornamental value.

12. Kusum

Oil extracted from the seeds is used for treating rheumatism, headaches and skin diseases.

13. Bahera

The astringent fruit is one of the 3 ingredients of Ayurvedic triphala, prescribed for coughs, leprosy, dropsy (and almost everything else).

14. Jacaranda

Primarily a decorative tree, the tree has bell-shaped, lavender or purply-blue flowers.

15. Makhan Tree

16. Chandni

Planted for its evergreen foliage and white pinwheel flowers, it is of high ornamental value.

17. Raat ki Rani

18. Ashoka

The ripening fruit is avidly eaten by flying foxes, birds and monkeys, and apparently is safe for human consumption too. The bark is used medicinally to allay fevers.

19. Gulmohar

It’s primarily a decorative tree; the seeds are sometimes strung together as ornamental beads

20. Lasora

Its fruit, which looks like a pale cherry, is pickled or eaten tender as a vegetable.

21. Kachnar

Its root, flower and bark are considered useful in traditional medicine – the bark for treating diarrhea, the flowers as a laxative.

22. Imli

Its tart fruit is used in curries, chutneys, jams and sauces and is high in Vitamin C!

23. Jungle Jalebi

Its leaves and pods are an excellent animal fodder. The tree works as an excellent living fence.

24. Red Kaner

25. Yellow Kaner

26. Bougainvillea

27. Jatropha

28. Gudhal

29. Marodfali

30. Shiva

31. Patharchati

32. Palm

33. Firozia

34. Aloeveraa

*the list has been compiled from ‘Trees of Delhi’ - a field guide book by Pradip Krishen
*Mehendi and Harshingar are technically not trees but still are valuable plants!
Recommended Reading: A must read for all tree lovers
‘TREES of Delhi’ – A field guide by Pradip Krishen
‘Jungle Trees of Central India’ by Pradip Krishen

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