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Lithocarpus edulis - (Makino.)Nakai.

Common Name
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - C. and S. Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lithocarpus edulis


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lithocarpus edulis is an evergreen Tree growing to 9 m (29ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Pasania edulis. Quercus edulis. Q. glabra. non Thunb. Q. laevigata. non Bl.

Habitats

Canopy;  Woodland Garden.

Not known

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[123, 177, 183]. Not of a good taste[105]. The poor taste is probably due, at least in part, to the presence of tannins. These can be removed by soaking the seed in water for a few days, changing the soak water regularly. The process can be speeded up by grinding the seed into a powder prior to soaking[K]. The seed is an acorn about 25mm long and 8mm wide[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a deep fertile soil with medium drainage[200]. This species is only hardy in the southern half of England[11]. A tree growing in deep shade did not produce seed at Kew in the very hot summer of 1989[K]. A tree at Hilliers produced lots of seed in 1994, but they were not fertile and did not contain endosperm[K]. Plants are often confused with L. glabra[1].

Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. It needs to be protected from mice, squirrels and other seed eaters. The seed has a short viability but can be stored for a few months if kept cool and slightly damp - the salad compartment of a fridge is a good storage place. Germination takes place in the winter or early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. If the plants are 15cm or more tall by the summer they can be planted out into their permanent positions. Give them a good weed-excluding mulch and some protection from the cold for their first couple of years outdoors. If growth is not sufficient then grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Makino.)Nakai.

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Readers comment

seon-min Kim   Mon Apr 19 06:25:02 2004

I wish this plant furnish data to Environmental tolerance(pollution, salt etc.)

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