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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

There are no edible uses listed for Cotinus obovatus.

Material uses

An orange or yellow dye is obtained from the wood[3][4][5][6]. This was extensvely used in America at the time of the Civil War, but is little used commercially at present[7]. Wood - light, soft, rather coarse grained, very durable in the soil[5][8][9]. It weighs about 40lb per cubic foot[10]. Trees are too small and rare for commercial exploitation, but the wood is used locally for fence posts[5][8][9].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Cotinus obovatus.

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[11][12][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[12]. Warm stratify stored seed for 2 - 3 months at 15°c, then cold stratify for 2 - 3 months[13]. Germination can be very slow, often taking 12 months or more at 15°c[13]. 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[12].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[12].

Trench layering in spring[1].

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Cultivation

Tolerates most soils[14]. Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position[1], doing better in a soil that is not very rich[15]. Tolerates light shade[16].

Plants are hardy to about -15°c[14], though die-back often occurs at the tips of shoots during the winter[14]. Plants are slow to establish but are then quite fast growing when young though they slow down with age[14]. Plants respond well to coppicing[9]. Hybridizes with C. coggygria[17]. A very ornamental plant[18]. The young leaves have an aromatic fragrance when bruised[19]. This species is in danger of extinction in the wild due to its being cut down for use in making a dye, this occurred especially during the N. American civil war[Notes on a board at Kew]. Plants flower on wood that is at least 3 years old[14]. Any pruning is best done in the spring[14]. Seed production is normally poor because many of the flower clusters are sterile[9].

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 obovatus. 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 obovatus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cotinus obovatus
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
    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
    10 x 8 meters
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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