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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Edgeworthia papyrifera.

Material uses

A high-class paper is made from the bark[1][2][3][4][5]. The bark fibres are used[4]. The stems are harvested in spring or early summer, the leaves are removed and the stems steamed until the fibres can be stripped. The outer bark is removed from the inner by peeling or scraping. The fibres are cooked for 2 hours with soda ash and then beaten with mallets or put through a blender. The paper is off white in colour[6]. The stems are extremely supple and can be tied in knots[2][7].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Edgeworthia papyrifera.

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. Place the pot in a plastic bag to keep it moist[8]. The seed might germinate in the spring, though it could take another 12 months. Stored seed usually requires 8 - 12 weeks warm stratification at 20°c followed by 12 - 14 weeks at 3°c[8]. Germination can still take 12 months or more at 15°c[8]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and grow on in a greenhouse for at least a year before planting out in late spring or early summer[8]. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.

Cuttings in spring.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[5].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any soil in sun or part shade[8][9][5], growing well in light woodland[5]. Prefers a well-drained soil with plenty of moisture in the growing season[1][5].

Plants are hardy to about -15°c according to one report[9], whilst others say that it is only hardy in the milder areas of Britain[1][2]. It succeeds on a wall at Kew[K] and as a free-standing shrub in Cornwall[2]. The flowers are damaged by frost, so the plant is best grown on a south or west-facing wall[10]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be put into their permanent positions as soon as possible[10]. Cultivated in Japan for the paper that can be made from the bark[2][5]. The stems are harvested every second year[4]. This species is very closely related to and scarcely distinct from E. gardneri and E. chrysantha[5].

The flowers diffuse a pronounced clove-like perfume and will scent the air to some distance on a calm day[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Edgeworthia papyrifera. 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 Edgeworthia papyrifera.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Edgeworthia papyrifera
Genus
Edgeworthia
Family
Thymelaeaceae
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
8
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
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.6 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.55.65.75.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Bell. L. A. Plant Fibres for Papermaking. Liliaceae Press (1988-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.4 Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    11. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)

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