Native to SE Asia, Dasymaschalon dasymaschalum is a slow growing tree with a height of 10 to 20 feet. It can grow into a large shrub if not pruned, reaching a height of 5 to 10 feet. This tree has a rounded canopy and oval shaped leaves that are waxily shiny and a bit sharp ended, ranging about 2 to 5 inches in length.
In spring and early summer, Dasymaschalon dasymaschalum is covered with small, pale yellow flowers that, from a distance, look like elongated yellowish leaves. But upon closer inspection, one will find the flowers to be long, thin and quite fragrant, bearing a resemblance to Ylang-Ylang. Depending on growing conditions, the flowers may also appear in shades of pink or yellow-orange.
When growing Dasymaschalon dasymaschalum, the tree needs to be regularly watered, especially when it is young. As the tree matures and becomes more established, its water needs will decline. It prefers a sunny position, and is hardy in USDA Zones 9 to 11. In colder regions, it can be planted as a container plant outdoors in summer and kept indoors in winter. When kept indoors, it should be placed in a sunny spot and watered regularly.
This tree is famous in Ethnomedical plant systems and is used in many traditional remedies. Its bark, leaves and flowers are used to treat a variety of ailments, from coughs and colds to skin problems.