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Common Name: Swamp Privet
Forestiera acuminata is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
South-eastern N. America - South Carolina to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas.
Wet river banks, by ponds and swamps[
Succeeds in most soils[
Plants rarely produce fruit in Britain[
The fruit is chewed[
]. It is about 25mm long with a thin dry flesh surrounding a large seed[
A decoction of the roots and bark has been taken as a 'health beverage'[
Wood - hard, strong, close-grained[
]. The wood is soft, light and weak according to another report[
]. It weighs 39lb per cubic foot[
]. Used for turnery[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in late winter in a cold frame. 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, mid summer in a frame.
Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn to late winter in a frame or sheltered outdoor bed.