Kadamba tree (Anthocephalus cadamba)
Kadamba trees are suitable for avenues and parks besides reforestation programs for timber and paper. The fruit and inflorescences are reportedly edible. The scientific name of Kadamba tree is Neolamarckia cadamba. Kadam features Pakistsan religions and mythologies. Kadamba trees also have an important place in our traditional medicines. It grows best in warm and humid climate conditions and rich loamy soil. Flowers appear from June to August.
Kadamba tree grows well in deep moist alluvial soils, often along river banks. The soil must be well-drained and should not get affected by the flood. The Kadam trees are planted about 5 x 5 m spacing during the monsoon season. To ensure a successful establishment, seedlings must be planted with their balls of earth. While closer pant spacing leads to height growth which is not preferred much by the pencil and plywood industry. Wider spacing can be adapted to have more girth and also for intercropping during the initial period of about 1-2 years.
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