Gunpowder Tree – Tropical Garden Q

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Featured Plant in Garden Q - Gunpowder Tree


1) Plant History & General Information

Type of Plant: Weed!

a) Scientific & Other Names: Trema orientalis ; charcoal tree

b) Region of Origin: Native from southeastern Asia through Malaysia

c) General History: /

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: This species has a high ecological impact with at least 14 species of butterfly using it as a larval food plant. Several species of birds eat the fruit or feed on the abundant insects that live in these trees. Pigeons and doves are often found in these trees where they eat the fruits or make their nests. The leaves, pods, and seeds are used as fodder for cattle, buffaloes, and goats in the Philippines

b) As Medicine: The tree has various uses as an herbal medicine in various cultures. The leaves and the bark are used to treat coughs, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, gonorrhea, yellow fever, toothache, and as an antidote to general poisoning

c) Other Uses: A fiber for fish nets can be made from the bark.

3) Growing Instructions

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b) Best time to Harvest: /

c) Sunlight Requirements: /

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f) Controlling Spread: /

g) Difficulties with this plant: /

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: /

i) Location on Property: The gunpowder tree is around the crater's edge.

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Lodgings and Facilities in Areas of Garden

This MIXED Garden has the following plants

  • Liliko'i
  • Mexican Sunflowers

This MIXED Garden has the following trees

  • Gunpowder Tree
  • Breadfruit
  • Cacao Tree
  • Orange Tree

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Gunpowder Tree, Albizia Tree, Miconia, Koster's Curse, Fire Ants, Stink Maile,¬†choking, creeping and climbing weeds
    • Spray Soapy Water mix before working in this area
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a¬†Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Use a Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove plants carefully.
    • Remove all creeping weeds from around the whole garden beds and walkways.
  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Tag and label ¬†transplanted trees with bright-colored tree ribbons,
    • Date the tree with the date it was transplanted
    • Update plant pages if any are added or removed from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Keeping the rock borders free of weeds and mosses, weed whack the area of large grasses to keep walkways and evacuation trails low and clear
    • Thin out Mexican Sunflower
    • Check for standing water on tarps and remove water
    • Choose plants for the New Garden while leaving room for Ohi'a Camper relocation
    • Identify Weed heaps to be put under tarps (never use cane grass stalks under tarps)
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvest Lilikoi¬†daily when in season (down by Hideaway Camp)
    • Harvest Breadfruit on the ground or with the fruit picker daily when in season


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