Native to tropical Asia, Alangium salviifolium is a small tree that grows to a modest height of 10 to 20 feet tall. The leaves are rough on top and smooth underneath. They have a mildly pleasing scent when crushed. This tree blooms in late spring and early summer with small, off-white or white flowers.
The Alangium salviifolium is an easy to grow in the right conditions. It thrives in full sun and warm temperatures. It prefers moist soil and regular watering, but it can tolerate some dryness. The plant is hardy to USDA zone 9-11.
When grown in pots in colder regions, the Alangium salviifolium will need to be taken indoors to protect it from extreme temperatures of winter. It is best to place the pot in a bright area and make sure to water regularly. The soil mix should be well draining and kept moist during the growing season. Fertilize occasionally with a balanced fertilizer to keep the plant healthy.
Alangium salviifolium is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used as a specimen plant in small gardens, for landscaping in special areas, as a hedge or border, or even in planters. It also has ethnomedical uses, making it a great addition to your herb garden.