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Melicytus ramiflorus - J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Common Name Whitey Wood
Family Violaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland to montane light forest and forest margins, North, South and Stewart Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Melicytus ramiflorus Whitey Wood


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Melicytus ramiflorus Whitey Wood

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Melicytus ramiflorus is a deciduous Tree growing to 9 m (29ft) by 9 m (29ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower in June. The species is 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). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[2, 105, 177]. We have no more details except that the fruit is abundantly produced if male and female trees are grown[11].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Charcoal.

A charcoal is produced from the wood[46, 61].

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position in a well-drained moderately fertile soil[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it requires the protection of a sunny wall even in the mildest areas of the country[59, 182]. Some trees in Penzance in Cornwall were 6 metres tall in 1930 and withstood temperatures down to -10°c[11]. Some provenances from New Zealand should withstand at least -5°c, more if they are grown in a sunny sheltered position[200]. Pruning is tolerated if it is required[188]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if fruit and seed is required.

Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe or in early spring in a greenhouse[200]. 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[78]. Consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm long with a heel, June/July in a frame[78]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[123].

Other Names

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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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J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Botanical References

1144200

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Readers comment

Max   Sat May 17 2008

One of only two native NZ trees which can be coppiced (epicormic buds.

Max   Sat May 17 2008

Maori name - Mahoe

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