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Common Name: Corkwood Tree
Entelea arborescens is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 6.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Coastal to lowland forest, south to latitude 41°south[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile loamy soil in a sunny position[
This species is not very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c[
]. It usually requires cool greenhouse treatment in Britain[
]. Plants can succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[
]. They get frosted back to the ground most years when growing in pots in a polytunnel on our Cornish trial grounds, though they resprout freely from the base[
Wood - one of the lightest known, it is half the weight of cork. Used for floats, rafts etc[
Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse at 20°c. Quick and easy germination[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first two winters in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer after the last expected frosts and give the plants some winter protection for their first couple of years[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame. The cuttings root quickly and easily[