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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Cercocarpus montanus.

Material uses

Bunches of the tied stems have been used as rough brooms[1].

A red to brown dye can be obtained from the root bark[1]. The bark is often mixed with alder and wild plum root barks when making the dye[1]. Tolerant of maritime exposure and amenable to training, this species can be grown as a hedge in seaside gardens[K].

The wood is heavy, hard and brittle[2]. It makes a valuable fuel and is occasionally used in the manufacture of small articles for domestic and industrial use[2].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the leaves has been used as a general strengthened to the system[1].

The roots and the bark have been used in the treatment of stomach complaints[1].

A cold infusion of the plant or leaves has been used as a laxative[1].

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Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge


Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow autumn or late winter in a cold frame. Seed of the more tender forms is best sown in the late winter whilst hardier forms are best sown in the autumn. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

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Cultivation

Requires a perfectly drained soil in a sunny position[3]. Tolerant of salt spray[3]. Succeeds in a hot dry position.

This species has many sub-species. Whilst some forms are hardy to about -17°c when in a suitable soil and position, other forms are frost tender. The hardiest forms, succeeding in zone 5, are C. montanus argenteus (Rydb.)F.L.Matinn and C. montanus glaber (S.Wats.)F.L.Martin. Less hardy are C. montanus paucidentatus (S.Wats.)F.L.Martin which succeeds in zone 7, C. montanus blanchae (C.Schneid.)F.L.Martin and C. montanus minutiflorus (Abrams.)F.L.Martin are hardy in zone 8 whilst C. montanus traskiae (Eastw.)F.L.Martin. is the least hardy, to zone 9[3].

Some members of this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[3][4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cercocarpus montanus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Cercocarpus montanus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cercocarpus montanus
Genus
Cercocarpus
Family
Rosaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
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.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
4 x meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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