Country of Origin: E. Asia - China. Occasionally naturalized in S.E. Europe
Habitat: Thickets, mountain ravines and forests.
Description: The species is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants. The staminate inflorescence is a catkin up to 8 centimeters long with fuzzy male flowers. The pistillate inflorescence is a spherical head up to about 2 centimeters wide with greenish female flowers trailing long styles.5 This accession is a pistillate (female) specimen.
Uses: The inner bark of this plant was beaten and the principal ingredient in making tapa cloth or kapa in ancient Polynesia.
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Culture: Moist soil, typically pruned to maintain as a small shrub although plant can attain 50' in the wild.