Herb latin name: Cotoneaster acuminatus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Cotoneaster acuminatus:Forests, especially of kharshu oak, 1300 - 3000 metres. Moist open hillsides at elevations of 2500 - 3500 metres in Nepal.
Other uses of the herb:A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. Wood - very hard, close and even grained. Too small for many purposes but the branches are used for making walking sticks and in basket making. They are also used in making twig bridges in the Himalayas.
Propagation of Cotoneaster acuminatus:Seed. Members of this genus hybridize freely so, if you require seed that breeds true, it is important to obtain it from a known wild source or from a controlled fertilization of garden plants. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it will usually germinate in the spring. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°C and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°C. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°C but it can take 2 years. Pot the seedlings up as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into nursery beds or into their permanent positions when they are more than 10cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Forests, especially of kharshu oak, 1300 - 3000 metres. Moist open hillsides at elevations of 2500 - 3500 metres in Nepal.
Medicinal use of Cotoneaster acuminatus:None known
Known hazards of Cotoneaster acuminatus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.