Our national tree of Sri Lanka is Naa Tree (Ironwood Tree). It is botanically known as “Mesua nagassarium” was declared the national tree on 26th February 1986.
It was chosen as the national tree due to its endemism in Sri Lanka, utility, historic & cultural importance, exterior posture, wide distribution, colour and nature and ability to draw and sketch easily. Theravada Buddhism considers this tree for achieved enlightenment. The tree has been utilized for various purposes since ancient times.
The flowers bloom ones year, the petals are white in colour. Its small in size and it has sweet smell. The tender leaves are in red colour. The Naa Tree grows any part of Sri Lanka. It is a huge tree and endemic tree for wet zone in the low country.