Corkwood (Leitneria floridana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Leitneria floridana

Wood – very light, soft, close grained. The layers of annual growth are hardly distinguishable[82]. This is one of the lightest known woods, it weighs about 12_lb per cubic foot, is lighter than cork and is used for floats etc[1, 46, 61, 82, 235].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

The seed germinates better if it is given 3 months cold stratification so is probably best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. The seed can also be sown in late winter in a greenhouse but the germination is variable[78]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Young plants should be overwintered in a greenhouse for their first year and can then be planted out in late spring after the last expected frosts[78]. Give some winter protection from the cold for their first year outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[113, 200].
Requires a moist lime-free humus-rich soil[200], succeeding in badly-drained soils[182]. Plants grown in Britain tolerate drier conditions than their native habitat, but they still require plenty of moisture[11]. Plants are hardy as far north in America as Boston, Massachusetts[1]. They are unlikely to be fully hardy in all parts of Britain. Plants produce suckers[182]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
South-eastern N. America – Florida to Texas and Mississippi.

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