Koda Tree (Ehretia acuminata)

E. serrata. Roxb.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Koda Tree
Ehretia acuminata

Wood – light, tough, soft and easily worked. Used for carrying poles[46, 61, 158].

  • Medicinal Use

    The juice of the bark is used in the treatment of fevers[272].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw[105, 144, 146, 158, 177]. About the size of a pea, it is insipidly sweet when fully ripe[2, 183]. The fruit is about 4mm in diameter[200]. The unripe fruit is sometimes used as a pickle[2, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in late winter or early spring. 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.
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates calcareous soils[200]. Requires a sheltered position[200]. Plants are shade tolerant in continental climates but they require more sun in maritime areas in order to ripen the wood[200]. Rich fertile soils encourage soft sappy growth which is then more susceptible to winter damage[200]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. A tree at Kew was 6 metres tall in 1989[K]. This species is much confused with E. ovalifolia[1].
E. Asia – China to the Himalayas.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.