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Osteomeles subrotunda is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - China, Japan.
Hot dry river valleys[
]. Mixed forests, among shrubs at mountain summits, roadsides at elevations of 200 - 500 metres[
Succeeds a sheltered position in full sun in any well-drained soil[
Plants usually require protection outside the mildest areas of Britain[
], they are hardy to about -5°c[
]. They can be grown on a sunny wall in colder parts of the country[
Plants sold under this name are often O. schweriniae microphylla[
]. The fruit is 6 - 12mm in diameter[
]. No more details are given.
The seed requires a period of cold stratification and can be sown in late autumn 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, 5 - 8cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Pot up in the autumn and overwinter in a greenhouse. Fair to good percentage[