Wood apple is an erect, slow-growing tree with a few upward-reaching branches bending outward near the summit where they are subdivided into slender branchlets drooping at the tips. The bark is ridged, fissured and scaly.
The deciduous, alternate leaves, 3 to 5 in long, dark-green, leathery, often minutely toothed, blunt or notched at the apex, are dotted with oil glands and slightly lemon-scented when crushed.
Yellowish green flowers, tinged with red, are borne in small, loose, terminal or lateral panicles. The tree is mostly known for its hard woody fruit, size of a tennis ball, round to oval in shape. The pulp is brown, mealy, odorous, resinous, astringent, acid or sweetish, with numerous small, white seeds scattered through it.
|Key Feature||Expect 90 to 100 % Germination Rate|
|Uses||This tree can be used for avenue planting.
The fruit contains fruit acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is used mainly as a liver tonic to stimulate the digestive system. The fruit is also astringent, especially when unripe, and a cardiac tonic. The pulp of the fruit, especially when unripe, is used in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. The fruit is also seen as an effective treatment for hiccough, sore throat, and diseases of the gums. Both the fruit pulp and the powdered rind can be applied onto bites and stings of venomous insects.