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Nemopanthus mucronatus - (L.)Trel.
                 
Common Name Mountain Holly
Family Aquifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woods, thickets and swamps[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Ontario, south to Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Nemopanthus mucronatus Mountain Holly


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2
Nemopanthus mucronatus Mountain Holly
   
Physical Characteristics
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Nemopanthus mucronatus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
N. canadensis. Ilex canadensis. non West. Vaccinium mucronatum.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[105, 161]. Quite bitter[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Diuretic;  Tonic.

The root is diuretic[257]. An infusion of the grated root is used in the treatment of gravel[257]. A decoction of the small branches, reduced to a syrup, has been used as a tonic[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Tolerates most soils except those that are water-logged[200]. Prefers a cold damp spoil[1]. Seldom fruits well in Britain[11, 182], the seed only matures in reasonable summers[1]. Most of the plants that have been supplied under this name in Britain this century are in fact Ilex collina[200]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can take 18 months to germinate. Stored seed generally requires two winters and a summer before it will germinate and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. Scarification, followed by a warm stratification and then a cold stratification may speed up the germination time[78, 80]. 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. 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[78].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
DAVE EASTMAN Tue Aug 1 2006
HOW COME THERE ISN'T MORE INFORMATION ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANT...??!
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