Big Tree: Ulu

Big Tree: Ulu

Common Name: Breadfruit

Scientific Name: Artocarpus altilis

Range/ habitat: Breadfruit trees can be found on all of the main Hawaiian islands at elevations ranging from 1000- 2000 ft (300-600m).

About this Species: Also known as Breadfruit, Ulu is a high carbohydrate vegetable and a good source of calcium and vitamins. The milky sap of this tree can be used medicinally to heal cuts, scratches, and other skin diseases. Applied to the skin, Ulu sap can also be used as to soothe wind- cracked or scaly skin. Hawaiian craftsmen use the lightweight wood of the Ulu tree to build canoes, surfboards, poi boards, and drums.


Photo by Forest & Kim Starr.