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Phoradendron leucarpum - (Raf.)Reveal.&M.C.Johnst.

Common Name False Mistletoe, Oak mistletoe
Family Viscaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards There are recorded cases of the berries poisoning people[213]. Contact with the plant can cause dermatitis in some people[222].
Habitats A parasite growing on deciduous trees, especially Acer rubrum and Nyssa spp[235].
Range N. America - New Jersey to Florida, west to Illinois and Texas.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Phoradendron leucarpum False Mistletoe, Oak mistletoe


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1
Phoradendron leucarpum False Mistletoe, Oak mistletoe
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phoradendron leucarpum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in leaf all year, in flower from February to April, and the seeds ripen from November to December. 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, 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

P. flavescens. (Pursh.)Nutt.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Abortifacient  Contraceptive  Oxytoxic

A tea made from the leaves is said to procure abortions and also to prevent conception[213]. It causes an increase in uterine contractions and helps to stop bleeding after parturition[213]. When injected into the blood it increases blood pressure[213].

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Other Uses

None known

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Cultivation details

A parasitic plant, growing on the branches of several deciduous species of trees. It has a wide range of hosts, though it is usually only found on one species in any given area[200]. The host tree must be at least 20 years old[200]. This species is seldom cultivated since it can severely weaken its host[200].

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Plant Propagation

This is a parasitic plant that grows entirely on the host tree. To grow it you need to obtain berries and squash them onto the branches of host trees in late autumn and early winter[11]. This is best done on the lower side of the branch[1]. It is then simply a matter of waiting and hoping.

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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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Botanical References

200235

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