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Uses

Toxic parts

Skin contact with this plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[1]. Though related to several poisonous species, this species is definitely not poisonous[2].

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves[3][4]. They are possibly edible[5][6]. Some caution is advised. A volatile oil in the leaves contains pinene and camphene[4]. One report suggests that the essential oil contained in the flowers and leaves has a mango-like odour[7]. We have tried these leaves and really would not recommend them to anyone[K].

Leaves

Material uses

An essential oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers[5]. It has a mango-like smell[7]. Is it edible[K]?

A yellow to orange dye is obtained from the root and stem[8][9][10][11][12]. It is somewhat fugitive though[9]. The leaves and bark are a good source of tannins[13][14][7]. Wood - ornamental. Used for cabinet making, picture frames[7].

The twigs are used in basketry[7].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The yellow wood is used as a cholagogue, febrifuge and for eye ailments[15].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[16][17][1]. It should germinate in the spring. Slightly immature or 'green' seed, harvested when it has fully developed but before it dries on the plant, gives the best results[17]. Warm stratify stored seed for 2 - 3 months at 15°c, then cold stratify for 2 - 3 months[18]. Germination can be very slow, often taking 12 months or more at 15°c[18]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the 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. The seed has a long viability and should store for several years[17].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[17].

Trench layering in spring[1].

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Cultivation

Tolerates most soils[19]. Prefers a well-drained dry or moist soil in a sunny position[20][1], doing better in a soil that is not very rich[10][21]. Prefers a fertile but not over-rich soil[22]. Tolerates light shade[22]. Established plants are drought tolerant.

Plants are hardy to about -20°c[23], though die-back often occurs at the tips of shoots during the winter[19]. Plants are slow to establish but are then quite fast growing when young though they slow down with age[19]. Hybridizes with C. obovatus[24]. A number of cultivars have been developed for their ornamental value[24][1]. The purple-leafed cultivars are susceptible to mildew[19]. Plants flower on wood that is at least 3 years old[19]. Any pruning is best done in the spring[19]. Branches sometimes wilt, especially after hard pruning, and these should be removed[24]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[25][1].

Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cotinus coggygria. 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 Cotinus coggygria.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cotinus coggygria
Genus
Cotinus
Family
Anacardiaceae
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
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
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
5 x 5 meters
Fertility
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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