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Introduction of multipurpose trees plays an important role in agroforestry systems. It enriches the soil by providing soil cover thus providing habitat for soil flora and fauna. However, integration of trees with various crops needs to be evaluated for its allelopathic potential before its introduction into agroforestry system. The allelopathic potential of leaf extracts of Mesua ferrea and Schima wallichi was evaluated to examine its effect on the growth of Maize in laboratory bioassay as well as in pot culture. Fresh leaves of M. ferrea and S. wallichi were collected and the leaves were air dried for one week. The air dried leaves were ground and different concentrations (20%, 40%, 60% and 100%) were prepared and compared with distilled water used as control (T0). Results showed an inhibitory effect with an increase in the concentration of both the leaf extracts. Highest inhibitory effect on root (92.71) and shoot (86.36) length was observed in T4 and T3 for S. wallichi leaf extracts and highest inhibitory effect on root (75.95) and shoot (70.06) length was observed in T4 for M. ferrea leaf extracts when compared to control (T0).