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Berberidopsis corallina - Hook.f.

Common Name Coral Plant
Family Flacourtiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Deep, moist ravines in woodlands within the coastal belt[11, 200]. This species is quite possibly extinct in the wild[11].
Range S. America - Chile.
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Berberidopsis corallina Coral Plant


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Berberidopsis corallina is an evergreen Climber growing to 5 m (16ft 5in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; North Wall. By.

Edible Uses

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Basketry

The stems are quite flexible and are used in basket-making[247].

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Cultivation details

Prefers a deep, moist, humus-rich soil and a position where it is sheltered from drying winds and strong sunlight[11, 200]. This species will tolerate a slightly alkaline soil if peat or some other acid medium is added, but it is not really suited to chalky soils[11]. This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain[11], tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c so long as this is not for prolonged periods[200]. It succeeds in the more westerly areas of the country, but in general needs the protection of a wall and will succeed on a south-facing wall so long as it is protected from winds from that quarter[11]. If the top-growth is cut back by winter cold, the plant can re-sprout from the rootstock[200]. A climbing plant, growing up through trees and shrubs and supporting itself by twining around them[200]. The plant usually forms fruit in Britain, but the seed is seldom fertile[11].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse in early spring. The seed can take 12 months or more to germinate and there is usually a poor germination rate[247]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow them on a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter and then plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frost. Consider giving the plant some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Layering.

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Weed Potential

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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