(Aphananthe aspera)

Tree
Celtis muka. Homoioceltis aspera. Prunus aspera.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aphananthe aspera
Ulmaceae

The leaves, gathered in autumn, are used as a sandpaper on wood[46, 61].

The fibre from the bark is used for manufacturing ropes and staple rayon[266].

The wood is fine and strong[266].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit[105, 177]. The fruit is about 6 – 8mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – it probably requires 2 – 3 months stratification. It is best to sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, otherwise sow as soon as possible in the year. Remove any pulp from the seed before sowing it[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter before planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Succeeds in most soils, including dry gravels, but prefers a deep fertile soil[200]. Plants are frost tender when young but they are able to regrow from the base if cut back[11]. A tree growing outdoors at Kew Botanical Gardens has reached a height of 8 metres[11].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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