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Lindera umbellata - Thunb.

Common Name
Family Lauraceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub at up to 3000 metres in W. China[184].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lindera umbellata


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lindera umbellata is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from April to May. 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). . The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

L. hypoglauca. L. membranacea. Benzoin umbellatum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil
Edible Uses: Condiment  Oil

The decoction is poured over rice or millet and eaten[105, 177]. We have no more details.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Oil

An oil obtained from the seed is used for lighting[61].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a lime-free rather moist soil[200]. Prefers partial shade or dappled sunlight in a fertile moisture-retentive soil enriched with leafmould[200]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[182, 184]. Hardy to about -15°c[184]. Plants can be pruned right back to the base if required, though any drastic pruning is best spread over several seasons[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July in a frame[200]. Layering.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Lindera glaucaGrayblue SpicebushShrub5.0 5-9  LMHSNM212
Lindera megaphylla Tree10.0 7-10  LMHSM001
Lindera obtusiloba Shrub6.0 5-9  LMHSM201
Lindera praecox Shrub7.5 8-11  LMHSM002
Lindera pulcherrima Tree7.0 -  LMHSM002
Lindera strychnifolia Shrub9.0 -  LMHSM02 

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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Thomas Veigel   Tue Sep 30 10:23:12 2003

In Japan the wood of lindera umbellata is knwon as "kromosi" and is used for making quite expensive toothpicks

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