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Elaeocarpus hookerianus is a Evergreen Tree
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Lowland to montane forest in North, South and Stewart Islands, southwards from latitude 35°south[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in the mildest parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a fertile humus-rich well-drained soil[
Many members of this genus succeed outdoors in nearly frost-free areas if given a sheltered position such as a south or south-west facing wall[
A blue/black dye is obtained from the plant[
] (probably from the bark).
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[
]. Seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more[
]. 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 almost ripe shoots, mid summer to early autumn in a sandy soil in a frame. The leaves should be left on the stem.[