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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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
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 Jun to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug 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.

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]

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].

Other Uses

Wood.

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

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].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Callicarpa americanaAmerican Beautyberry, Beautyberry, French Mulberry, American Beautyberry22
Callicarpa japonicaBeautyberry, Japanese callicarpa, Japanese Beautyberry10
Callicarpa mollis 10
Callicarpa pedunculata 02

 

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200266

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Readers comment

phadindra   Thu Jul 31 2008

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