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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Polyscias sambucifolia.

Material uses

Fairly fast growing and tolerant of shearing, this species can be grown as a hedge[1].

A gum similar to 'gum arabic' (which is obtained from various Acacia species) is obtained from this plant[2]. It is not wholly soluble[2].

Wood - too soft and perishable to be of economic value[3].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Polyscias sambucifolia.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. 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. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.

Softwood cuttings in early summer root easily in a closed case[1].

Leafless stem cuttings in the summer root easily in a closed case[1].

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Cultivation

Prefers a deep rich moist soil[4].

This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it can succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[4][5]. It tolerates temperatures down to about -7°c in Australian gardens[6], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. A very ornamental plant[4]. The leaves are very variable[1]. A very variable species, closer investigation will probably reveal that it is comprised of a number of different species[7]. Some forms of this species produce suckers[6].

The plant has good wind-resistance[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Polyscias sambucifolia. 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 Polyscias sambucifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Polyscias sambucifolia
Genus
Polyscias
Family
Araliaceae
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
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
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. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 Howes. F. N. Vegetable Gums and Resins. Faber ()
  3. ? 3.03.1 Ewart. A. J. Flora of Victoria. ()
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Wrigley. J. W. and Fagg. M. Australian Native Plants. Collins. (Australia) ISBN 0-7322-0021-0 (1988-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 Carolin. R. & Tindale. M. Flora of the Sydney Region Reed. Australia. ISBN 0730104001 (1993-00-00)