A dye has been made from the berries - the colour is not given.Wood - light, tough, not strong, close grained, highly shock resistant, easily worked. A strikingly white wood, it is valued for use in veneers and inlay. It weighs 36lb per cubic foot. Too small for commercial exploitation, but it is valued for use in cabinet making and the interior finishes of houses, it is also used for making small items such as tool handles. The wood can also be stained to imitate ebony.
Cuttings of almost ripe wood with a heel, August in a shaded position in a cold frame. Leave for 12 months before potting up.Layering in October. Takes 2 years.
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Plants are hardy to about -25°c. A slow-growing and long-lived species in the wild, but it does not thrive or fruit well in British gardens. Plants do not thrive in a maritime climate. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value. The leaves remain on the plant for about 3 years, falling in the spring. Flowers are produced on the current year's growth. Resents root disturbance, especially as the plants get older. It is best to place the plants into their permanent positions as soon as possible, perhaps giving some winter protection for their first year or two[K]. Plants are very tolerant of pruning and can be cut right back into old wood if required.Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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