Fodder Tree - Give only tender leaves. Matured leafs should
be mixed with other fodder.
Deciduous - Yes
Drought tolerance - Yes
Soil type / pH range - Sand mixed soils, Mixed soils and river beds
Tolerance to water logging - No
Seeds - 50 seeds / gm ( 1 to 3 kgs / Tree )
Germination - %
Vegetative propagation - Cloning is the best way. New shoots sprouting
from the roots around the plants can also be used.
Spacing for border planting- 2 m
For bulk planting - Initial 2 m X 2 m and remove 50% after 4th
year to obtain vertical growth.
Maturity Years - 10 – 15 years
Growth : Height - 15 – 20 m Ht
Timber Density - 0.82, Hard wood, Black colour heart wood
Weight - 801 – 850 Kgs / Sq.m
Uses - For furniture, Boat, Railway coach, carved
Ratoon - Poor, not recommended.
Special features if any - Because of its ‘N’ fixing capacity it improves soil fertility. Performs well in irrigated conditions. For the first 2 – 3 years irrigation is essential. Requires more sunlight and will not grow well in shades. Tendency to branch sideways so moderate pruning is necessary to induce vertical growth. Plant densely to induce vertical growth and remove alternate trees in 4th year. New shoots sprouting from the roots around the plants can also be removed and used for new plantation.
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