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Edible uses


Fruit - raw[1][2]. Juicy, sweet, fleshy, slightly aromatic[3]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[4].


Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Callicarpa americana.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

A decoction of the root bark has been used as a diuretic[5].

The leaves are a cure for dropsy[6]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of dysentery and stomach aches[7][5]. A tea made from the roots and berries is used in the treatment of colic[7][5].

Some native North American Indian tribes used the leaves and roots in sweat baths for the treatment of malaria, rheumatism and fevers[7][5].

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Seed - sow February in a greenhouse[8]. Only just cover the seed[9]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 18°c[9]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10cm long, July/August in a frame. High percentage[8].

Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth with a heel[8] taken in early spring[4].

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Requires a sunny position or light dappled shade[10][4]. Prefers a highly fertile well-drained loamy soil[4].

This species is hardy to about -18°c according to one report[4] whilst another says that it is only really hardy in the milder parts of Britain, though some forms should prove to be hardier[10]. Requires cross-pollination for good fruit production[11].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[4].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Callicarpa americana
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
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    1. ? 1.01.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 ? Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th edition. ()
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    7. ? Foster. S. & Duke. J. A. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. Eastern and Central N. America. Houghton Mifflin Co. ISBN 0395467225 (1990-00-00)
    8. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 3. Thompson and Morgan. (1989-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    11. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    12. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-11
    13. ? Fernald. M. L. Gray's Manual of Botany. American Book Co. (1950-00-00)

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