Herb latin name: Griselinia littoralis
Synonyms: Pukateria littoralis
Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)
Edible parts of Griselinia littoralis:Fruit - a bitter flavour.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Lowland to montane forests in North, South and Stewart Islands.
Other uses of Griselinia littoralis:Grows well by the sea, making a good hedge that tolerates maritime exposure. Plants are very amenable to trimming, they are best cut in early summer and can be cut right back into old wood if required. A slow-growing plant, but it makes a nice dense hedge. Wood - very durable, firm, dense but slightly brittle. Used for ship building, railway sleepers etc.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a greenhouse. It can also be sown in the spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts and give some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 7 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Keep the foliage moist. Pot up in August and overwinter in a sheltered position, planting out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of mature wood, 7 - 10 cm with a heel, October/November in a frame. High percentage.
Cultivation of Griselinia littoralis:Lowland to montane forests in North, South and Stewart Islands.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Griselinia littoralis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.