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Vaccinium reticulatum

Ohelo

An evergreen shrub rarely more than 1 m tall with rounded leaves that vary from dark green to blue green. The new growth is an inciting bright red color and the yellowish to rich pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by large, juicy berries. The berries may reach 2 cm in diameter and vary in color from bush to bush, from yellow to orange to pink to red to purple to blue black, both shiny and glaucous. The flavor of the berries is variable, from slightly insipid to tangy to pure sweet. Native to the islands of Hawaii between 600m and 3600 m, it is a primary pioneer species on recent lava flows and able to withstand significant ash fall. In cultivation, it needs a mineral rich, acidic soil and will do well in USDA Zones 7 and above. The seeds germinate warm in 40 to 80 days.

 
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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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