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Alstonia scholaris (Variegated)


Alstonia scholaris (Variegated)

Family Name: Apocynaceae

It is a cultivated variety of Alstonia scholaris which is highly ornamental due to the cream-green mottled patterns on the leaves.


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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Tiered


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a pagoda-shaped tree which produces sticky white latex when injured.
Foliage The leaves arranged in whorls of 4-8 and have an attractive cream-green mottled pattern. Intrapetiolar stipule is present at the base of the petiole.
Etymology Latin Alstonia, commemorates Dr. Charles Alston (1685–1760), a professor of botany at Edinburgh University. Species epithet 'scholaris, in Latin, means school, referring to the wood being made into slates for writing.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Suitable for Roadsides, Shade Providing Tree / Palm
Usage Hazard - Cons Irritant - Sap

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils

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Master ID 30577
Species ID 4886
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Species record last updated on: 15 October 2021.