Indian Devil Tree
Glossy, leathery green leaves crowd the gray-brown, milky sap filled branches of this tropical evergreen native to India, Southeast Asia, and China. From October to November a fine fragrance emanates from small, white funnel-shaped flowers that emerge in clusters, painting the air thickly with its bouquet. Springtime announces the arrival of cotton seedlings that dance and twirl in the bright sky. Alstonia scholaris is fast growing in it's native habitat and has been used in the maufacturing of pencils, coffins and corks.
1. Used in Borneo for net floats
2. Historically, the wood has been used to make writing tablets
3. In Southeast Asia, the tree has been used to make paper
4. In India some tribes believed that an evil spirit inhabits the tree
5. The wood is also used for creating blackboards