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Lophomyrtus x ralphii - (Hook.f.)Burret.
                 
Common Name
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal to montane forest, especially marginally, in North Island and occasionally in the north of South Island[44, 173].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lophomyrtus x ralphii


Lophomyrtus x ralphii
   
Physical Characteristics
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Lophomyrtus x ralphii is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[K]. They are sweet and pleasant with a slightly aromatic flavour when they are fully ripe[K]. The fruit is berry about 7mm in diameter containing a number of small but very hard seeds[K]. We have seen plants of the cultivar 'Sundae' still bearing fruit in the early spring.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any soil of reasonably good quality[1]. Prefers a sheltered position in full sun in a moderately fertile well-drained soil enriched with leafmould[200, 260]. A naturally occurring hybrid of Lophomyrtus bullata x Lophomyrtus obcordata[200]. Plants are scarcely hardy at Kew but they succeed outdoors in the milder parts of the country[11], tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[260]. Growth can be restricted by cutting the plant back in spring[188].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse in late winter or early spring. 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. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[200]. Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn in a frame[200]. Basal cuttings are used[200]. Layering.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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