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can mistletoe grow on a cordyline

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I wouldn't have thought so, no.

9 Jun, 2010


I would also say no, Bamboo. They are parasitic plants and require a specific host, in this case, apple trees. Of course, there may be more than one type of mistletoe.

9 Jun, 2010


Well, Mistletoe's and indeed other parasitic plants are something of an interest to me and I have "studied" many species from two families of Mistletoe (Loranthaceae and Viscaceae) and I don't know of one that parasatise any Monocotyledons (plants with one seed leaf). They all seem to parasatise Dicotyledons, plants that when they germinate have two seed leaves and only shrubby or arborescent ones at that. Unfortunately, Cordylines, though arborescent belong to the former group (Monocotyledons).

In short, no.

9 Jun, 2010


As an addendum, Viscum album (Common Mistletoe) is able to grow on these trees (I have trialled all the following). Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple), Acer platanoides (Norway Maple), Crataegus laevigata (Midland Hawthorn), probably C. monogyna too (Common Hawthorn), Malus (Domestic Apple/Crab Apple), all types, Populus (Poplar), and Amelanchier canadensis.

I have not been successful on some trees that it is supposed to grow on such as Acer campestre (Field Maple) Tilia (Lime/Linden), Pyrus (Pears) or Quercus robur & Q. petraea (English Oak & Sessile Oak).

9 Jun, 2010

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