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Idesia polycarpa - Maxim.

Common Name Idesia
Family Flacourtiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hills and mountain forests above elevations of 2000 metres[58, 109].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Idesia polycarpa Idesia


Idesia polycarpa Idesia

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Idesia polycarpa is a deciduous Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 10 m (32ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Polycarpa maximowiczii.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[105, 177]. The fruit is a many seeded berry with a pulpy flesh[2], it is about 10mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Prefers a neutral to slightly acid loamy soil, but tolerates a chalky sub-soil if the top soil is deep[200]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[188]. The dormant plant is hardy to about -15°c, though the tree is somewhat hardier if the wood is thoroughly ripened by a long hot summer[200]. The young shoots in spring can be damaged by late frosts. A very ornamental plant[1]. The flowers have a most delicious perfume, which can be wafted far and wide by warm breezes[245]. Trees produce fruit regularly at Kew[11]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if fruit and seed is required. Female plants can produce some fruit in the absence of a male plant[11].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[78]. Germination is usually very good[78]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their fist two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring, after the last expected frosts and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors[K]. Plants cannot be sexed until they flower[78]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage[78]. Layering in spring. Takes 12 months[78].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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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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Maxim.

Botanical References

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