The indian mast tree is one of the most distinctive and attractive subtropical and tropical ornamental trees. Native to india and sri lanka it has been widely disbursed as a striking landscape tree. The mast tree prefers well-drained soils; it has no reported pest or disease problems, although it is cold sensitive. A tall narrow columnar evergreen tree with willowy drooping branches it bears long narrow leaves to 8 inches in length and light to dark green in color. Pale green, star-shaped unfragrant flowers numbering 10-20 are borne in clusters in spring. Mature fruits are ovoid, black and resemble a small olive fruit. Fruits are popular bird food; they contain a single seed which can be used for propagation. The mast tree is so-called because its smooth gray trunk is light, straight, strong and suitable as a mast of sailing craft. The wood had numerous general uses. In landscaping, the indian mast tree has multiple uses; it is often planted in close rows along driveways or property lines, and is effective for noise abatement and as a privacy screen. The tree's unique shape makes it a desirable feature in any garden.