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Callicarpa macrophylla - Vahl.

Common Name
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Swampy localities and ravines[158]. Waste places and roadsides to 1800 metres[146]. Mixed forests at elevations of 100- 2000 metres in China[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Callicarpa macrophylla


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Callicarpa macrophylla is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower from June to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. The white spongy fruit is sweet and succulent when fully ripe[272]

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic  Aromatic  Poultice  Stomachic

The leaves are heated and applied as a poultice to ease the pain of rheumatic joints[240, 272]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[272]. A juice made from the leaves mixed with equal portions of Drymaria diandra and Oxalis corniculata is used in the treatment of gastric troubles[272]. The root is chewed to relieve rashes on the tongue[272]. A paste made from the roots is used to treat fevers[272]. The juice of the root is used to treat indigestion[272]. An oil obtained from the roots is aromatic and stomachic[240]. It is assumed that this is an essential oil[K]. The inner bark is pounded and used as a poultice on cuts and wounds[272]. The fruits are chewed to treat boils on the tongue[272]. The juice of ripe fruits is used in the treatment of indigestion and fevers[272].

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - soft[158]. It is used as a fuel[272].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position or light dappled shade[11, 200]. Prefers a highly fertile well-drained loamy soil[11, 200]. This species is only likely to be hardy in the very mildest parts of Britain, requiring a warm sunny corner[11, 182]. Requires cross-pollination for good fruit production[182]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow February in a greenhouse[78]. Only just cover the seed[138]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 18°c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10cm long, July/August in a frame. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth with a heel[78] taken in early spring[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Callicarpa americanaAmerican Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French Mulberry, American BeautyberryShrub1.8 7-10 SMSNM22 
Callicarpa japonicaBeautyberry, Japanese callicarpa, Japanese BeautyberryShrub2.0 5-8 MLMHSNM10 
Callicarpa mollis Shrub2.4 7-10  MNM10 
Callicarpa pedunculata Shrub3.0 9-11  LMHNM02 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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phadindra   Thu Jul 31 2008

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