PONGAM
(Pongamia pinnata)

NOT NATIVE

Height : up to 40 ft.
Canopy Spread : 30 ft.

The Pongam can grow to be 40 feet tall with a canopy spread of 30 feet. It is often used as a street tree and along sidewalks but due to the prolific root growth it may not always be appropriate for use in these situations. This tree is extremely adaptable and can grow in a wide variety of soils from saline sandy soils to stony and clayey soils. In addition it is temperature tolerant but does need a reliable source of water.

The Pongam tree is a native of India where the oil pressed from the seeds is used as fuel for lamps and cooking. It can also be used as a lubricant and in the treatment of rheumatism and various skin diseases.

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Growth habit of Pongam


Mature seed pod