Herb latin name: Abies mariesii
Family: Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Abies mariesii:Cool wet mountainsides in C. and S. Japan at elevatios of 600 - 2600 metres.
Other uses of the herb:Wood - strong, light, straight grained, polishes well. Used for construction, pulp, utensils etc.
Propagation of Abies mariesii:Seed - sow early February in a greenhouse or outdoors in March. Germination is often poor, usually taking about 6 - 8 weeks. Stratification is said to produce a more even germination so it is probably best to sow the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. The seed remains viable for up to 5 years if it is well stored. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Alternatively, if you have sufficient seed, it is possible to sow in an outdoor seedbed. One report says that it is best to grow the seedlings on in the shade at a density of about 550 plants per square metre whilst another report says that they are best grown on in a sunny position.
Cultivation of the herb:Cool wet mountainsides in C. and S. Japan at elevatios of 600 - 2600 metres.
Medicinal use of Abies mariesii:None known
Known hazards of Abies mariesii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.