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Edible uses


Inner bark. A famine food, it is only used in times of scarcity[1]. No more details are given but inner bark is often dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickening in soups etc or mixed with cereals when making bread.

Inner bark

Material uses

The uses listed below have been given for the closely related H. populnea. They can quite possibly also be applied to this species.

A very strong fibre is obtained from the inner bark[2]. It is used for ropes, cord etc[3][4]. The fibre is also used as ornamentation in basket making and for bonnets etc[2].

Wood - white, very tough. Used by cabinet makers, it also makes an excellent fuel[2].
There are no material uses listed for Hoheria sexstylosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Hoheria sexstylosa.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates freely[5]. 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, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a shady position in a frame. The cuttings should be put in 12cm pots. A fair to good percentage[6].

Layering in April. Takes 12 months[6].

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Grows in any good, well-drained soil[7]. Requires a position in full sun[8] or dappled shade[9], succeeding in acid or alkaline soils[10]. Plants grown in a soil that is overly rich produce a lot of sappy growth that is more susceptible to frost damage[9]. Withstands strong winds but is best if given protection from cold north-easterly winds[9]. Another report says that it requires a position sheltered from strong winds[11]. Prefers a moist atmosphere[11]. Prefers a maritime climate[9]. Plants grow best in an open clearing in a woodland garden[9].

A very ornamental[7] and fast growing[12] tree, it is only hardy in the milder areas of the country[7][12][13], tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c[8]. Plants are prone to damage at temperatures lower than -5°c[9] and are defoliated in cold winters[14]. A very variable plant[12], leaves of young plants are often deeply lobed but on older plants they are more or less entire and toothed[15][10]. Juvenile plants also have a compact shrubby habit, quite unlike the mature plant[9]. Often self-sows[9]. Plants are subject to attacks by the coral-spot fungus, especially after cool wet summers[15]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[9].

A good butterfly plant[9].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Hoheria sexstylosa
Imported References
Edible uses
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
full sun
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
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.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
8 x 6 meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Crowe. A. Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-508302 (1990-00-00)
  2. ? Laing. and Blackwell. Plants of New Zealand. Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd (1907-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  5. ? Stapleton. C. Bamboos of Nepal The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 0947643680 (1994-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  7. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  9. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.1 ? The Plantsman. Vol. 5. 1983 - 1984. Royal Horticultural Society (1983-00-00)
  12. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  13. ? Arnold-Forster. Shrubs for the Milder Counties. ()
  14. ? Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
  15. ? 15.015.1 ? The Plantsman. Vol. 6. 1984 - 1985. Royal Horticultural Society (1984-00-00)
  16. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)

Facts about "Hoheria sexstylosa"RDF feed
Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
Article requires cleanupYes +
Belongs to familyMalvaceae +
Belongs to genusHoheria +
Has binomial nameHoheria sexstylosa +
Has common nameRibbonwood +
Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
Has edible partInner bark +
Has edible useUnknown use +
Has environmental toleranceMaritime exposure + and High wind +
Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has growth rateVigorous +
Has hardiness zone8 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has mature height8 +
Has mature width6 +
Has search namehoheria sexstylosa + and ribbonwood +
Has shade toleranceLight shade +
Has soil ph preferenceVery acid +, Acid +, Neutral +, Alkaline + and Very alkaline +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
Has taxonomy nameHoheria sexstylosa +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Inhabits ecosystem nicheSecondary canopy +
Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
PFAF medicinal use notes migratedYes +
PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
PFAF toxicity notes migratedYes +
Tolerates maritime exposureYes +
Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Tolerates windYes +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
Has subobjectThis property is a special property in this wiki.Hoheria sexstylosa +