Bluewood (Condalia hookeri)

Shrub
C. obovata. Hook.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bluewood
Condalia hookeri
Rhamnaceae

A blue dye is obtained from the wood[149, 274].

Wood – very heavy, hard, dense, close-grained[82, 149]. The dense heartwood is a brilliant red colour and has been used to make ornamental objects[274]. It burns with an intense heat and is valued as a fuel[82, 149].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[149, 257]. Sweet and fleshy with a pleasant sweet flavour, it is mainly used for making jellies[82, 149, 274]. The fruit has been boiled, then strained and the juice boiled again to make a syrup[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by its native range, it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. A good bee plant[149]. 149
South-western N. America.

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