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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit[1][2][3]. No more details are given. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter[4].

Fruit

Material uses

A ground cover plant for a shady position[5], forming a carpet of growth[6]. Plants should be spaced about 25cm apart each way[6]. This species is probably not very worthwhile for ground cover in Britain because of its difficulty to cultivate[6].
There are no material uses listed for Epigaea asiatica.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Epigaea asiatica.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a cold frame[4]. Another report says that the seed requires no pre-treatment and can be sown in late winter in a cold frame[7]. Surface sow and place the pot in light shade, do not allow it to dry out[7]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 5 weeks[7]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, pot up the seedlings into individual pots. Be very careful since they strongly resent root disturbance. Grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse and plant them out in their permanent positions in the late spring of their second years growth.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[4].Take the cutting with a part of the previous year's growth[7]. (This report is unclear as to whether it means a heel of older wood or just a small section of older wood[K])

Plants self-layer and can be divided in the spring but this must be done with great care since they deeply resent root disturbance[4].

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Cultivation

Requires an open lime-free humus-rich soil and shade from direct sunlight[8][4], succeeding also in deep shade[9]. Grows well in the shade of rhododendrons and other calcifuge shrubs[10].

A difficult plant to grow in cultivation[4], though it is easier than E. repens[9].

The flower buds require a period of chilling to about 2°c before they will open[4]. The flowers are sweetly scented[10]. They are produced in terminal racemes on the previous year's shoots[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Epigaea asiatica. 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 Epigaea asiatica.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Epigaea asiatica
Genus
Epigaea
Family
Ericaceae
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
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
partial sun
Shade
permanent 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
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.74.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    11. ? www.foj.info Flora of Japan ()

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