The Ebony Tree
Common Name: Ebony Tree
Botanical Name: Diospyros embryopteris
Origin: India, Java and Thailand.
An evergreen, stout and shady wide-spreading tree with dense dark-green, glossy leaves. It has a compact dome shaped conical crown.
The flowers are fused and have a light creamy colour while the edible fruits are feathery brown in colour.
In India the young fruits are mainly and economically are often in dyeing and tanning. They have medicinal values and traded for dyeing cottons and toughening fishing nets. Special oil extracted from the seeds is used in traditional Indian medicine.
It is grown as an ornamental shade tree for parks and open spaces.