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Corkwood

Commiphora spp.

Also known as

Commiphora, Myrrh

Commiphora caudata leaves by Vinayaraj (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

3m

2m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Corkwood Overview

This genus is also known as the corkwoods, these are a species-rich genus containing around 2018 species of flowering plants in the frankincense and myrrh or torchwood family, Burseraceae. These plants have historical and biblical associations as providers of the earliest healing balms and fragrances. The small and unshowy green-white flowers are pollinated by small insects and the fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals. Many species store water in the swollen lower part of their stems and these are utilized by animals for the moisture. The leaves of some species are browsed by game.

Common problems with Corkwood

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Corkwood

    Timber is harvested from the trees.

    How to propagate Corkwood

    Seed

    Seeds do not germinate easily, sow fresh seed when ripe.

    Cuttings

    Hard and semi-hard cuttings root easily.

    Special features of Corkwood

    Pot plant

    Can be used to make Bonsai trees.

    Attracts useful insects

    Pollinated by insects.