Fruit - raw or cooked. A bitter-sweet flavour
, tasting like an over-ripe banana
. The fruit can also be used in preserves
. The fruit is about 25mm in diameter
, it is fleshy with a number of seeds and a tough slightly bitter skin[K]. Our experience is that some trees can produce quite pleasant tasting fruits, but many others produce fruit with a distinct and unpleasant bitterness[K]. The fruit ripens in late autumn to early winter and will fail to ripe properly if the weather is very cold[K].
The branches and leaves are a source of tannin
Wood - very hard, close grained but warps when being seasoned. Used mainly for fuel
The bark is used medicinally
. No further information is given, though the bark is a source of tannin which is used as an astringent[K].
Canopy or Secondary canopy
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed
. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors
. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year
. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification
. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more
. Prick out the seedlings of cold-frame sown seeds into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse, planting out in the spring after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, July/August in a frame.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage.
Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months
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An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility
, ranging from acid to shallow chalk
. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or light shade[
. Prefers semi-shade
This species is hardy to between -5 and -10°c, it grows very well in S.W. England, self-sowing and fruiting prolifically in Cornish woodland gardens and doing well by the coast where it tolerates sea winds. Plants are not hardy in the London area, being killed even when on a south-facing wall. Another report says that it succeeds as far north as Edinburgh.
Squirrels are very fond of this fruit.
This species has been known to hybridize with C. kousa, the cultivar 'Norman Hadden' could be such a hybrid.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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Native Geographical Range
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