Sri Lankan Ironwood (Mesua ferrea)

Sri Lankan Ironwood(Mesua ferrea)

Sri Lankan ironwood is a species in the family Calophyllaceae. This slow-growing tree is named after the heaviness and hardness of its timber. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental due to its graceful shape, grayish-green foliage with a beautiful pink to red flush of drooping young leaves, and large, fragrant white flowers. It is native to Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra, where it grows in evergreen forests, especially in river valleys. The tree can grow over 30 m tall.