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Ehretia acuminata - R.Br.

Common Name Koda Tree
Family Ehretiaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodlands in valleys to 1500 metres in W. China[109, 146].
Range E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Ehretia acuminata Koda Tree


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Ehretia acuminata Koda Tree
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ehretia acuminata is a deciduous Tree growing to 9 m (29ft 6in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

E. serrata. Roxb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[105, 144, 146, 158, 177]. About the size of a pea, it is insipidly sweet when fully ripe[2, 183]. The fruit is about 4mm in diameter[200]. The unripe fruit is sometimes used as a pickle[2, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Febrifuge

The juice of the bark is used in the treatment of fevers[272].

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - light, tough, soft and easily worked. Used for carrying poles[46, 61, 158].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates calcareous soils[200]. Requires a sheltered position[200]. Plants are shade tolerant in continental climates but they require more sun in maritime areas in order to ripen the wood[200]. Rich fertile soils encourage soft sappy growth which is then more susceptible to winter damage[200]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. A tree at Kew was 6 metres tall in 1989[K]. This species is much confused with E. ovalifolia[1].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in late winter or early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

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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
Ehretia anacuaAnaqua, KnockawayTree5.0 7-10  LMHNDM202
Ehretia dicksonii Tree10.0 6-9  LMSNM202
Ehretia ovalifolia Tree12.0 6-9  LMNM20 

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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