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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked. Dry and slightly astringent but with a pleasant flavour[1]. Dry and insipid according to another report[2] whilst another says that it is dry, sweet and mealy[3] and yet another says that it is bitter and inedible[4]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[4].

Fruit

Material uses

Said to be an excellent rootstock for 'Rabbiteye' blueberries (V. ashei)[2].

Tannin is obtained from the bark and root[1][3].

Wood - heavy, hard, very close grained. It weighs 48lb per cubic foot. Used for making tool handles and other small articles[1][3].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The berries, root-bark and leaves are very astringent and have been used internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery etc[5][1][6]. The infusion is valuable in treating sore throats, chronic ophthalmia, leucorrhoea etc[5].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Rootstock

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse in a lime-free potting mix and only just cover the seed[7]. Stored seed might require a period of up to 3 months cold stratification[8]. Another report says that it is best to sow the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[4]. Once they are about 5cm tall, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position 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, 5 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame[7]. Slow and difficult. Layering in late summer or early autumn[7]. Another report says that spring is the best time to layer[4]. Takes 18 months[7].

Division of suckers in spring or early autumn[8].

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Cultivation

Requires a moist but freely-draining lime free soil, preferring one that is rich in peat or a light loamy soil with added leaf-mould[9][4]. Prefers a very acid soil with a pH in the range of 4.5 to 6, plants soon become chlorotic when lime is present. Succeeds in full sun or light shade though it fruits better in a sunny position[4]. Requires shelter from strong winds[4].

Dislikes root disturbance, plants are best grown in pots until being planted out in their permanent positions[4]. Plants are deciduous when growing in cold climates[9].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Vaccinium arboreum. 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 Vaccinium arboreum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Vaccinium arboreum
Genus
Vaccinium
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
7
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
    5 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

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    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Vines. R.A. Trees of North Texas University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292780206 (1982-00-00)
    4. ? 4.004.014.024.034.044.054.064.074.084.094.10 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.2 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Elias. T. The Complete Trees of N. America. Field Guide and Natural History. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. ISBN 0442238622 (1980-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.19.2 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
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