Palaquium obovatum is a small tree, typically growing 10-20 ft in height, native to India, Indochina, and Malesia.
Palaquium obovatum is most commonly known as White Gutta, because of its white milky sap which is used in the production of gutta-percha. It has a moderate growth rate, and can reach its full potential size in 5-8 years. The tree has deciduous, leathery leaves with a dark, olive green hue and small, yellow-green flowers that bloom from spring through autumn.
This tree grows best in full sun, and should be planted in fertile, well-draining soil. Palaquium obovatum requires regular watering, but the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings. The tree can handle some light shade, but it should be protected from strong winds.
Palaquium obovatum is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11. In colder climates, it is best to grow the tree in a pot and bring it indoors during the winter months. When properly cared for, this species can make a great addition to any outdoor space. It can be trimmed and shaped to create a more formal look, and its small size makes it suitable for small yards and containers.