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PlantFiles: Idesia
Idesia polycarpa

Family: Flacourtiaceae
Genus: Idesia (eye-DEE-zee- uh) (Info)
Species: polycarpa (pol-ee-KAR-pa) (Info)

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive duncanroadfish On Sep 4, 2013, duncanroadfish from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

A beauty and fast growing. Starts berrying at about 6 years old.

Positive unccgardener On Jan 27, 2011, unccgardener from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I am wonderin does anyone know how large these trees have to be before the start blooming ? I have two I grew from seed I harvested from a large specimen and they are both about 4 feet tall.

Positive rwielgosz On Apr 22, 2007, rwielgosz from Washington, DC (Zone 6b) wrote:

I noticed this tree at the National Arboretum's Asian garden area. It has huge gorgeous clusters of orange berries.

The arboretum label said that it's also known as an iigari tree.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
San Leandro, California
Washington, District Of Columbia
Palmetto, Georgia
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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