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Edible uses


The fruit and seed are used as a pepper and allspice substitute[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]. A pungent flavour[7][8]. The aromatic berries are edible according to one report[9], whilst another says that they taste somewhat like cinnamon.

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Material uses

This species makes an excellent windbreak in woodland, it is widely grown as a hedge in mild temperate regions[9]. Wood - soft, only moderate strength[10].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Antiscorbutic, stomachic[11].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions



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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse[12]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse 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, 10 - 15 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Approximately 60% take[13]. Layering in March/April. Takes 12 months[13].

Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth with a heel of older wood, November in a cold frame[13].

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Requires a light lime-free soil in semi-shade[12]. Prefers a fertile moist but well-drained soil[14].

A fairly hardy species, surviving very cold winters in various parts of the country so long as it is in a suitable position[15]. It tolerates temperatures down to about -15°c[16], but plants are liable to be damaged in cold winters. This species is hardier than D. winteri according to one report[15] whilst another says that it is less hardy than D. winteri[12]. All parts of the plant are very aromatic and pungent[17][16]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[12].

Plants are usually dioecious though monoecious and hermaphrodite forms are known. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Drimys lanceolata
Imported References
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
partial shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
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. ? 1.01.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  3. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  7. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Low. T. Wild Food Plants of Australia. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14383-8 (1989-00-00)
  9. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 Ewart. A. J. Flora of Victoria. ()
  11. ? 11.011.1 Lassak. E. V. and McCarthy. T. Australian Medicinal Plants. ()
  12. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  13. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  14. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
  15. ? 15.015.1 ? The Plantsman. Vol. 2. 1980 - 1981. Royal Horticultural Society (1980-00-00)
  16. ? 16.016.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  17. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)

Facts about "Drimys lanceolata"RDF feed
Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
Article requires cleanupYes +
Belongs to familyWinteraceae +
Belongs to genusDrimys +
Functions asHedge +
Has binomial nameDrimys lanceolata +
Has common nameMountain Pepper +
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Has edible partUnknown part +
Has edible useCondiment +
Has environmental toleranceHigh wind +
Has fertility typeSelf sterile +
Has flowers of typeDioecious +
Has growth rateSlow +
Has hardiness zone8 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useWood +
Has mature height4.5 +
Has mature width2.5 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
Has medicinal useAntiscorbutic + and Stomachic +
Has search namedrimys lanceolata + and mountain pepper +
Has shade tolerancePartial shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid + and Neutral +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy + and Loamy +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
Has taxonomy nameDrimys lanceolata +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
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PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
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PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
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Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Tolerates windYes +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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