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(Platycarya strobilacea)

Fortunaea chinensis. Petrophiloides strobilacea.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Platycarya strobilacea

A black dye is obtained from the fruits. It is used for dyeing cloth[46, 61, 109].

A black dye is obtained from the bark. It is used for dyeing nets[46, 61]. (It quite possibly contains tannin which will also help to preserve the nets[K].)

The root is very fragrant when it is burnt. It is used in baths[178].

The wood is a good fuel[178].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[177]. A famine food, only used when all else fails[179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires a period of cold stratification[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. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Layering[200].
Requires a deep moist humus-rich loam and a sunny sheltered position[200]. Trees are hardy to about -12¡c in Britain[200], but they are not usually a success in our climate[1], preferring a warm dry continental climate[200]. A tree in Hampshire is growing and fruiting well[11]. A tree at Kew flowered heavily in the hot summer of 1989[K].
E. Asia – China, Korea.

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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.