Fruit - raw or cooked. The cones are up to 11mm long and 8mm wide
The wood and leaves are used as an incense
. The resinous twigs are burnt as an incense
The leaves contain about 1.7% essential oil
Smoke from the green wood is emetic and produces long-continued vomiting
The seed requires a period of cold stratification. The seed has a hard seedcoat and can be very slow to germinate, requiring a cold period followed by a warm period and then another cold spell, each of 2 - 3 months duration
. Soaking the seed for 3 - 6 seconds in boiling water may speed up the germination process
. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Some might germinate in the following spring, though most will take another year. Another possibility is to harvest the seed 'green' (when the embryo has fully formed but before the seedcoat has hardened). The seedlings can be potted up into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on in pots until large enough, then plant out in early summer. When stored dry, the seed can remain viable for several years
Cuttings of mature wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. Plant out in the following autumn.
Layering in September/October. Takes 12 months
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Succeeds in most soils if they are well drained, preferring a neutral or slightly alkaline soil
and succeeding on chalk
. Prefers a humid sheltered site, doing well in areas with high rainfall
. Does not succeed in dry areas
. Unlike most members of the genus, this species grows better in the wetter western part of Britain
A very ornamental plant but slow growing in Britain, even young trees fail to average 25cm a year.
Plants are resistant to honey fungus.
Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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