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Debregeasia hypoleuca is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 5.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
W. Asia to the W. Himalayas.
Forests and shrubberies[
], chiefly along watercourses, 1500 - 2400 metres[
Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[
Plants tolerate occasional lows to about -5°c[
]. This species is probably not very hardy in Britain and will probably require greenhouse protection, though it might be possible to grow it outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, especially if it is given the protection of a warm wall.
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet but insipid and mucilaginous[
]. About the size of a pea[
]. Used as a flavouring[
A fibre is obtained from the bark[
]. It is used for making twine and rope[
Wood - soft and light. It is not much use[
] and is mployed mainly as a fuel[
Seed - sow late winter to mid-summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
]. 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.
Softwood cuttings in early summer[