White sandalwood plants:-

Sandal wood is a medium-sized evergreen tree with almost drooping branches, dark rough bark and fragrant mature wood. The trade name of sandalwood is based on its Indian name. Sandalwood is a native of India. It is cultivated in Karnataka, Coorg, Coimbatore and the southern parts of Tamilnadu. It also grows wild. Sandalwood occupies a very important place in Hindu religious rituals. Sandalwood yields an essential oil which contains santaloe.


Sandal wood is bitter, sedative, cooling and cardiac tonic. It is useful in arresting secretion or bleeding and in promoting the flow of urine. Sandal wood oil is stimulant and antiseptic. Sandal wood is valuable in gastric irritability. Sandal wood is also beneficial to the treatment of dysentery. Sandal wood paste is popular household remedy for prickly heat. Another use of the wood is a cooling dressing in inflammatory skin diseases. Sandal wood paste applied on the temple relieves headache and brings down the temperature and fever.

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater



20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Colour:



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Fall/Early Winter





Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)


A true sandalwood tree grows to a height of about 10 metres (33 feet); has leathery leaves in pairs, each opposite the other on the branch; and is partially parasitic on the roots of other tree species. Both tree and roots contain a yellow aromatic oil, called sandalwood oil, the odour of which persists for years in such articles as ornamental boxes, furniture, and fans made of the white sapwood. The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the wood and is used in perfumes, soaps, candles, incense, and folk medicines. Powdered sandalwood is used in the paste applied to make Brahman caste marks and in sachets for scenting clothes.