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PlantFiles: Bakul, Maulsari, Spanish Cherry, Bullet Wood
Mimusops elengi

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Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Mimusops (MIM-yoo-sops) (Info)
Species: elengi

Synonym:Mimusops elengi var. parvifolia
Synonym:Mimusops parvifolia

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Category:
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive nalin1 On Sep 19, 2006, nalin1 from New Delhi
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

A most beautiful evergreen medium height tree with an elegant growth habit and shapely crown. Mimusops is a native of India, Burma, Sri Lanka.

The Bakul or Maulsari tree bears highly fragrant small whitish flowers in February-March in subtropical India. It is also known as India's 'sacred garland tree', and 'maha gandh raj' or 'emperor of fragrance trees'. The flowers are much in demand for fragrance use which is described as a combination of tuberose and gardenia.

The Maulsari bears sweet edible brownish fruit in June-July about the size and shape of the 'ber' fruit (Ziziphus mauritiana -Indian Jujube).

This tree is also revered for its medicinal properties since ancient times, an infusion of its bark or leaf juice being used as a disinfecting mouthwash for healing pyorhea, gum disease and pain-reliever for toothache. It is reported that smelling the fragrance of the flowers especially while wearing its flower garlands lowers blood pressure and has a relaxing effect on people. (it is not a soporific or narcotic.) Great for a non-toxic high--It just makes for happy people!

I have just planted a six foot mimusops sapling in my garden in New Delhi (zone 10a-b) betwen an Elaeocarpus ganitrus (rudraksh) and a fern tree (Filicium decipiens). The spacing is a little over 20 feet between trees.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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