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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilFertile, Rich
  • WaterMoist


Phytolacca genus (Pokeweed). There are about 25 species in this genus, they can grow about 15m tall. The perennial evergreen trees and shrubs are valued for their general appearance and attractive, though they are often have poisonous rounded berries. The leaves are quite large and have coloured stems, the white flowers are small and are arranged in clusters. They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5C and will tolerate sun or shade and will require fertile, moist soil. Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or spring.


Perennials, Shrubs or Trees


Africa, Asia & S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their overall appearance and decorative (but poisonous) fruits.


They will prefer rich soil in a sheltered position in full sun to partial-shade, they will need adequate moisture to grow. You can propagate from seeds in spring or autumn.


Seed in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

If ingested parts will cause discomfort. Yellows, rings pot viruses.

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