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Forestiera acuminata - (Michx.)Poir.

Common Name Swamp Privet, Eastern swampprivet
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet river banks, by ponds and swamps[43].
Range South-eastern N. America - South Carolina to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Forestiera acuminata Swamp Privet, Eastern swampprivet


Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Forestiera acuminata Swamp Privet, Eastern swampprivet
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 728.

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Forestiera acuminata is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in). It is in flower from Mar to April, and the seeds ripen in July. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) 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

Adelia acuminata. Borya acuminata.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

The fruit is chewed[177]. It is about 25mm long with a thin dry flesh surrounding a large seed[227, 229].

Medicinal Uses



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Miscellany.

A decoction of the roots and bark has been taken as a 'health beverage'[257].

Other Uses

Miscellany;  Wood.

Wood - hard, strong, close-grained[46, 61]. The wood is soft, light and weak according to another report[229]. It weighs 39lb per cubic foot[227]. Used for turnery[46, 61].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[1, 11, 182]. Plants rarely produce fruit in Britain[11].

Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in late winter in a cold frame. 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, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood, November to February in a frame or sheltered outdoor bed.

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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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