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Eriobotrya japonica


A large, evergreen shrub or small tree that is originally native to southeastern China but has been cultivated in Japan for more than 1000 years and elsewhere in warm temperate climates since its more recent introduction. It is popular for its tasty, abricot-like fruits but also as an ornamental with large, dark green leaves that are pale wooly underneath. The small, white flowers are sweetly scented. Despite its rather tropical look it is quite hardy to cold and suitable to USDA Zones 7 to 11. It is very easy and rewarding to grow. Propagation from the large seeds is quick but grafted plants usually produce better fruit quality.

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... are of excellent ornamental value
In Tallinn in Estonia they need very little care and grow very fast.
I planted seeds from fruits that were bought from market in Barcelona. Just trying different tropical fruits and saved the seeds. So the seeds were fresh and were planted ca 2 weeks after eating the fruits. I put maybe 5 seeds in a small pot with humid soil and placed it in greenhouse floor. In 2 weeks or so they were (ca 500%) growing rapidly. So I would say easy to do. It was in 2008. Now in 2011 I kept two plants which are growing in containers are are ca 3m in heigh. All the summer they are outside with container and for winter I pt inside the wintergarden to keep frost away. Very nice big and like hairy leaves. I have to cut annually as it grows quit well. No special cares, grows in full sun but tolerates the heavy winds and rains and temp going close to 0 C.
Submitted on 08/09/2011 by Kalev Partna

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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