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Phellodendron lavallei is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 10.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
E. Asia - N. and C. Japan.
Woods in mountains[
Prefers a moisture retentive well-drained deep rich loam in an open position in full sun[
]. Grows best in areas with long hot summers[
]. Plants are gross feeders and require a rich soil if they are to perform well[
Dormant plants are hardy to at least -20°c, but the young growth is liable to damage from late spring frosts[
This species is occasionally cultivated for timber in S.E. Europe[
A dioecious species - both male and female forms must be grown if fruit and seed are required. The fruit is produced copiously on trees in Britain[
]. This use refers to the closely related P. amurense, it almost certainly applies to this tree as well[
]. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter and has a strong scent of turpentine, it is produced copiously in Britain[
The bark is thick and corky[
]. Can this be used as a source of cork[
The following uses are for the closely related P. amurense. They almost certainly also apply to this tree.
A yellow dye is obtained from the inner bark[
An oil obtained from the seed has insecticidal properties similar to pyrethrum[
Wood - heavy, hard, strong, close grained. Used for furniture[
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification, sow in late winter in a cold frame[
]. Germination is usually good. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for 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, 7 - 10cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Pot up in autumn and over winter in a cold frame. Fair to good percentage[
Root cuttings - obtain in December and store in leafmold in a warm place for 3 weeks. Cut into 4cm lengths and plant horizontally in pots. Grow on in a warm greenhouse. Good percentage[