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Viscum album

 

Mistletoe

Viscum album - European Mistletoe - is a hemi-parasite on several species of trees,(often apple trees) from which it draws water and nutrients. It forms a ball up to a metre wide in host trees. It has yellowish-green leathery leaves in opposite pairs and inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers that are pollinated by insects, and followed by white or yellow berries each containing one (very rarely several) seed in the glutinous fruit pulp.

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plant Features
  • Mistletoe likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Mistletoe likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Mistletoe is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Mistletoe likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Mistletoe

Latin name

Viscum album

type

Evergreen Shrub

family

Santalaceae

ph

5.5 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Mistletoe likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Mistletoe is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Mistletoe likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Mistletoe likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Mistletoe is 1.00meters x 1.00meters 1.00 M 1.00 M

Viscum album

Viscum album - European Mistletoe - is a hemi-parasite on several species of trees,(often apple trees) from which it draws water and nutrients. It forms a ball up to a metre wide in host trees. It has yellowish-green leathery leaves in opposite pairs and inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers that are pollinated by insects, and followed by white or yellow berries each containing one (very rarely several) seed in the glutinous fruit pulp.


Flowering

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

The inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female), - but only one sex is to be found on any one plant, so for seeds ti be produced both male and female plants must be grown. The plant is not self-fertile.

 

Planting

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

Planting is not really the correct term! In order to grow mistletoe it is necessary to squash a mistletoe berry into the cracks in the bark of the branch (preferably the lower side) of a host tree (often apple, poplars, chestnut and birch and especially on calcareous soils - definitely NOT coniferous trees) - and wait, and hope!

 
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