Eucryphia lucida - (Labill.)Baill.
Common Name Leatherwood
Family Eucryphiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests, often along river banks, at low altitudes[11, 184].
Range Australia - Tasmania.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Eucryphia lucida Leatherwood
Eucryphia lucida Leatherwood
Physical Characteristics
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Eucryphia lucida is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 4 m (13ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

E. billardieri. Carpodontos lucida.

Woodland Garden Secondary; Hedge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic;  Styptic.

Antiseptic, styptic[152].


Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Can be grown as a hedge[157].
Cultivation details
Requires an open but sheltered position and a light moist lime-free soil[11, 184]. Succeeds in any free open loamy soil[1]. Prefers its base in the shade with its canopy in the light[200]. Requires plenty of light if it is to flower freely, tolerating almost full sun if the soil is cool and moist[11]. Strongly resents dryness at the roots during the growing season[125]. Requires a sheltered position when grown in the colder areas of the country[200]. This species is hardy to about -10°c[184], succeeding outdoors in the milder areas of Britain south and west of London[11]. The leaves and young shoots are very resinous[11]. The honey-like perfume of the flowers pervades the air for some considerable distance[245]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus[200]. A good bee plant[156, 166]. Some named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[184].
Seed - sow February in a greenhouse. The seed should be stored cool and dry over the winter. Germination is usually good[78]. 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 half-ripe wood, 6 - 8cm with a heel, June/July in individual pots in a frame. Roots in 5 - 6 weeks. A variable percentage succeed[78]. Layering in late summer. Takes 16 months. High percentage[78].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Readers comment
   Fri Dec 12 14:29:58 2003
Het folks, what about Leatherwood honey?

M. C. Wieland   Sun Jan 11 19:03:29 2004
I purchased eucryphia lucida Jan.'03 in northern California.Transferred to med. pot in June.No flowers.Jan.'04 it has sticky golden sweet smelling blobs at buds.Is this normal? Plant doing well.Live in San Diego Calif. 13 blocks from beach.
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