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Lyonia ovalifolia is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
E. Asia - China, Japan, Himalayas.
Common in sunny places on hills, in scrub and on the edges of oak, pine and rhododendron woods[
Grow in dappled shade in moist humus-rich lime-free soils and mulch annually with leafmould[
]. Requires an acid soil in sun or part shade[
]. Requires a position in shade or semi-shade[
Plants are hardy to about -10°c[
], though the Himalayan form of this species is rather tender[
The shape of the leaf is highly variable, a number of sub-species have been recognised[
The young leaves and buds are toxic, but they are used externally as an infusion to treat skin diseases and external parasites[
The leaves have insecticidal properties and can also be used to treat skin diseases of a parasitic origin[
Wood - soft according to one report[
], hard according to another[
], even-grained, moderately compact, not durable, warps and shrinks badly during seasoning. It is used as a fuel, though is not a very good fuel[
], and as a charcoal[
]. It can also be used in turning if it is properly seasoned[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[
]. 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[