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Edible uses


Fruit - raw. The white spongy fruit is sweet and succulent when fully ripe[1]


Material uses

Wood - soft[2]. It is used as a fuel[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are heated and applied as a poultice to ease the pain of rheumatic joints[3][1]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[1]. A juice made from the leaves mixed with equal portions of Drymaria diandra and Oxalis corniculata is used in the treatment of gastric troubles[1].

The root is chewed to relieve rashes on the tongue[1]. A paste made from the roots is used to treat fevers[1]. The juice of the root is used to treat indigestion[1]. An oil obtained from the roots is aromatic and stomachic[3]. It is assumed that this is an essential oil[K]. The inner bark is pounded and used as a poultice on cuts and wounds[1].

The fruits are chewed to treat boils on the tongue[1]. The juice of ripe fruits is used in the treatment of indigestion and fevers[1].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow February in a greenhouse[4]. Only just cover the seed[5]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 18°c[5]. 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[4].

Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth with a heel[4] taken in early spring[6].

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Requires a sunny position or light dappled shade[7][6]. Prefers a highly fertile well-drained loamy soil[7][6].

This species is only likely to be hardy in the very mildest parts of Britain, requiring a warm sunny corner[7][8]. Requires cross-pollination for good fruit production[8].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[6].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Callicarpa macrophylla
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
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Gupta. B. L. Forest Flora of Chakrata, Dehra Dun and Saharanpur. Forest Research Institute Press (1945-00-00)
    3. ? Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    4. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 3. Thompson and Morgan. (1989-00-00)
    6. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    7. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    9. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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