Herb latin name: Phellodendron lavallei

Synonyms: Phellodendron amurense lavallei

Family: Rutaceae (Rue Family, Citrus Family)

Edible parts of Phellodendron lavallei:

Fruit. This use refers to the closely related P. amurense, it almost certainly applies to this tree as well. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter and has a strong scent of turpentine, it is produced copiously in Britain.

Description of the plant:


10 m
(33 feet)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

Woods in mountains.

Other uses of Phellodendron lavallei:

The bark is thick and corky. Can this be used as a source of cork? The following uses are for the closely related P. amurense. They almost certainly also apply to this tree. A yellow dye is obtained from the inner bark. An oil obtained from the seed has insecticidal properties similar to pyrethrum. Wood - heavy, hard, strong, close grained. Used for furniture.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification, sow in late winter in a cold frame. Germination is usually good. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in autumn and over winter in a cold frame. Fair to good percentage. Root cuttings - obtain in December and store in leafmold in a warm place for 3 weeks. Cut into 4cm lengths and plant horizontally in pots. Grow on in a warm greenhouse. Good percentage.

Cultivation of Phellodendron lavallei:

Woods in mountains.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Phellodendron lavallei:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.