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Ehretia anacua - (Terán.&Berl.)I.M.Johnst.

Common Name Anaqua, Knockaway
Family Ehretiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Develops into a tree when growing in river valleys in fertile soils, it is also found as a shrub on dry barren ridges[82].
Range South-western N. America - S.E. Texas to Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Ehretia anacua Anaqua, Knockaway


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Ehretia anacua Anaqua, Knockaway
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ehretia anacua is an evergreen Tree growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from October to March, and the seeds ripen from October to March. 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 cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

E. elliptica. DC.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[105, 149, 161, 183]. Sweet and rather juicy but it has a thin flesh[82]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - heavy, hard, not strong, close grained, difficult to split. Used for tool handles, yokes, axles, wheel spokes etc[46, 61, 82, 149].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates exposed positions[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]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, but dormant plants have survived temperatures down to -13°c when growing in a suitable position. 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]. Spreads by means of suckers[149].

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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. Division of suckers in the growing season.

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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 :

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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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Readers comment

Mark Lee   Mon Mar 24 19:40:45 2003

propagation from seed: seed purchased from J.L. Husdon, first seed germinates in 10 days at 80'F on moist towel in plastic bag

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