Tree plantation – Wild Almond

Tree plantation has always been a thing I wanted to do & has been in my to-do list for the last couple of years. This year I started with the first tree, a Wild Almond. Somebody gifted it to my mom on World Environment Day, 5th June 2019.

Here’s how it looks as before and after plantation:

There were little bit of pre-monsoon showers yesterday evening so the soil was a bit soft, but there were lot of stones underneath, my Khurpa (the weeding tool) has it’s nose bent due the impact against stones while digging.

About the species – Wild Almond

Well my knowledge about trees and such is pretty limited right now. Had the person who gifted this not told that this was a wild almond tree I wouldn’t have even known that it is one and I would have considered it as just another tree. Since I know it is wild almond, I did some searching to study about it.

  • There are multiple species which are identified by the name of wild almond – I have no idea which one is this.
  • It’s called जंगली बदाम (Junglee Badam) in Hindi (Badam is the word for Almond in Hindi). Another Hindi name for this appears to be “Culu“.
  • These trees can grow as tall 35 meters and are one of the tallest trees known in India.
  • It has medicinal properties used to treat many problems like skin conditions, wounds, etc.
  • They seem to shed a lot of leaves and these leaves return back important nutrients back to the soil.
  • The leaves may contain cancer preventing agents.
  • The nut (seed) is highly nutritious – Almond is very good for health is what I knew, I am not sure about the differences between wild almond and the almond we get in stores.

Update –
It appears somebody stole the sapling (more likely, considering no leftovers at the plantation site) or got uprooted in a stormy pre-monsoon that occurred 2-3 days after the plantation.

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