Indian Mast Trees Wholesale
Mast Trees, also called Indian Mast Trees, are a great choice when you need a vertical accent for a client’s landscape. They are best-suited to USDA Zones 10a to 11 and are available wholesale from Palmco!
Origins of the Mast Tree
When landscaping resort hotels, luxury residential properties, shopping centers and golf courses, landscapers, architects and designers have few options for tall, narrow columnar trees that provide beautiful evergreen foliage. The Italian Cypress, a common choice, is prone to spider mites and fungal disorders in South Florida.
Enter Polyalthia longifolia “Pendula,” also known as the Mast Tree! It belongs to the Annonaceae family, one of the largest families of flowering plants, commonly known as the custard apple family, which includes familiar relatives such as Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata), Soursop (Annona muricata), and Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa).
In British India (1612-1947), the Mast Tree was popular for its resemblance to the Mediterranean Cypress and because its tall, stick-straight trunk was ideal for building ship masts. Mast Trees were eventually introduced into Hawaii in 1921 and Florida in 1976.
How to Use Mast Trees
Mast Trees are excellent substitutes for the Italian Cypress, which seems to dislike Florida’s abundant rain and high humidity. They are fast growing (to 30 to 45 feet) and need space to stretch out (to a full-grown width of 4 to 5 feet).
The leaves of the Mast Tree change from light green to a coppery brown color and eventually to a shiny dark green. They remain on the tree in all seasons, almost completely covering the trunk, and the natural color contrast makes a spectacular show when the trees are planted in groups.
Mast Trees are stunning when used to line avenues or driveways, and make excellent tall hedges, privacy screens, noise screens, windbreaks, and architectural accents to frame entryways, soften building corners and vertical edges, and cover vertical drain-pipes. They are also suitable for narrow spaces because they grow quite tall but stay slender.
They have very little leaf drop, no pest issues of note, and require little to no maintenance. They prefer well-drained soil, will grow in full sun or partial shade, and are drought-tolerant when mature. Mast Trees are also remarkably flexible; during storms, mature trees will bend like bamboos.
Why Choose Palmco
Palmco serves all of Florida and the contiguous U.S. from our 600-acre nursery is located in Bokeelia on Pine Island, Florida. We offer a wide selection of FF-grade palms, top-quality bamboos, and spectacular ornamental plants.
Our environmentally conscious growing process and exceptional customer service are known throughout the industry, and our plants have been utilized in some of the most prestigious installations around the world.
Through the years, we’ve responded to the needs of landscapers, landscape architects and designers, invested in the latest equipment, expanded our expertise, and created the delivery systems that have earned us loyal, satisfied Palmco customers for life.
In the right location, wholesale Indian Mast Trees from Palmco will make a striking statement, and few others will have them! Get in touch with us at (239) 283-1329 to discuss your design requirements.