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Castanopsis tribuloides - A.DC.

Common Name
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Broad-leaved evergreen forests around 1300 metres in western China[266]. Found at elevations up to 1800 metres in the Himalayas[146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade
Castanopsis tribuloides


Castanopsis tribuloides

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Castanopsis tribuloides is an evergreen Tree growing to 8 m (26ft 3in). It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind, midges.Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[177, 272]. Resembles a filbert (Corylus maxima) in size and flavour[146]. The seeds are about 16mm in diameter[266].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - moderately hard, not durable. Used for planks, shingles and shading[146, 272].

Cultivation details

Management: Standard;  Regional Crop;  Staple Crop: Balanced carb.

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. It coppices well[146]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a good deep medium to stiff loam[1]. Requires a sheltered position in semi-shade and a lime-free soil[138]. Although cold hardy in Britain, this species really requires a warm continental climate if it is to prosper and it does not do well in the maritime climate of this country[200]. The seed takes two growing seasons from fertilization to maturity[266]. The catkins have an unpleasant hawthorn-like smell to attract midges for their pollination[245].

Propagation

Seed - requires a period of cold stratification and is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[138]. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out. It can be stored for a few months if kept cool and moist (putting it in a plastic bag that is placed in the salad compartment of a fridge works well). Stored seed should be soaked in warm water for 24 - 48 hours prior to sowing[138]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 15°c[138]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in mid summer if possible, otherwise grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in late spring. Give the young plants some protection from cold for their first few winters outdoors.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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