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Mallotus Japonicus
Food Wrapper Tree
Pot size: 8cm   Our online price: £4.80
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Family:
Euphorbiaceae
Origin:
China, Japan, Korea

Description:

Rarely cultivated, but rather beautiful ornamental shrub or small tree from Japan, where the leaves are used to wrap food , therefore they are edible (they are best when young). It is easy to grow but dislikes hard frosts (may die back), and prefers slightly acidic soil. Sponge-like orange-red flowers (on female plants) or reddish, smaller flowers on male plants open late Spring (sometimes in Autumn), followed by sand coloured fruits with red hairs, equally interesting (on female plants). The simple, hairy leaves have a purple appearance when young (in Spring), this gives another value to this lovely plant. Dioecious but both the male and female plant is interesting enough to own. It will grow best on a sheltered sunny spot, or by a South facing wall.


Plant growing type:
deciduous
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Main feature (value):
flower and leaf
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Flower colour:
OrangeRed
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Optimum ph:
slightly acidic-neutral (pH 6-7)
Preferred location:
full sun - semi-shade
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Pests and diseases:
Usually pest and disease free
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Optimum growing conditions:
Full sun or light shade, regular watering in dry periods, slightly acidic soil is best

Height in cm:
10-15cm
Pot size:
8cm
Age in year:
8 months
Our online price:
£4.80

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