The Universal Herbal: Coriaria Myrtifolia; Myrtle-leaved Sumach.

The Universal Herbal;
or botanical, medical and agricultural dictonary.
Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean system. Specifying the uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts and manufactures.
With the best methods of propagation, and the most recent agricultural improvements.
collected from indisputable Authorities.
Adapted to the use of the farmer - the gardener - the husbandman - the botanist - the florist - and country housekeepers in general.
By Thomas Green.
Vol. I
Printed at the Caxton Press by Henri Fisher.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty.
Leaves ovate-oblong. It seldom exceeds three or four feet high, creeping at the root, and sending forth many stems. The plant with male flowers only was common in England, until that which bears hermaphrodite flowers was raised in the Chelsea garden, from seeds sent from Italy. This plant possesses considerable astringency, and is used not only in tanning leather, but in dyeing black. It sends up so many stems as to form a thicket; it is useful to fill up vacancies in plantations of shrubs, but is only proper for large gardens. It may be propagated in abundance from the suckers, which are plentifully produced from the creeping roots. They should be taken off in March, and planted into a nursery to form good roots, where they may continue one or two years, and must then be removed to the places where they are to remain. This plant delights in a loamy soil, which is not too stiff, and should be sheltered from the north and east winds, where it will endure the cold of our ordinary winters, and flower better than if preserved in pots under cover during the winter.

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