How to Spot an Arjun Tree in Delhi
Did you know that there is a tree called Arjun, which is amongst one of the largest trees found in Delhi? A series of this gigantic tree can be spotted in areas like Janpath, Mother Teresa Marg and Teen Murti Marg.
There are different ways to tell whether you’re looking at the Arjun tree. This one will have a broad, oval head with a levelled bark and shallow root system. Its often found to have a buttressed trunk along with drooping branches that are spread horizontally over the ground.
On some of the widest avenues in Delhi, the Arjun tree starts shedding leaves in the middle of April and they start growing again in late April or early May. The flowers begin blossoming around this time and last throughout May. These flowers are little and are packed together tightly on cylindrical spikes found at the top of the branchlets. They are fragrant and have cups in the shape of stars. When it comes to fruits, they ripen a year after flowering and fall between February and June. They appear coarse and stringy, have thick wings and are green in color at the beginning until they become deep brown at the time of ripening. The leaves are also even and are shallowly heart-shaped at the base.
Arjun tree needs dry, lowland forests and rich alluvial soils to slow. Even a rough, rocky ground would do, as long as it’s got some moisture. One really cool aspect is that one can tell the direction of the water stream from above where there are Arjun trees emerging along the banks.
Not only are Arjun trees magnanimous, but they also have rich herbal properties. In Ayurveda, their bark and gums are used as stimulants for curing various health issues that may be caused by cancer, heart and skin diseases, and urinary and gynecological disorders.
In addition to the herbal properties, the tree has also been utilized in commercial industries. There used to be a time when the bark of this tree was utilized for generating a brown dye to be used as tanning agent. Also, the tasar silk that we all know and use is actually produced by letting tussar silkworms feed on Arjun leaves. People also use its hard timber in rural building construction, and in making carts, tools, and boats.