Japanese plant label translation

trianglejohnJune 22, 2012

I need help translating this plant label from a tree I bought. I know it is a Yamamomo but I was wondering if it had a cultivar name or variety name and if the label states what the root stock was (it is grafted and the root stock is sprouting leaves that look different). All the other Yamamomo's died so was wondering about pollination. This species usually needs a male and female tree but some types will give both sexes of flowers. And if there is a better cultivar for cross pollination the next time I order trees.

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Here's the backside of the label.

The tree had a hand written tag on it with the name 'Zulko' which may have been 'Zuiko'.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 11:01AM
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tzei_yang(z8a Denton, TX)

Here's what I got out of using online translators:

å±±ã¢ã¢ (yamamomo)
Ã¥"Â種å (cultivar): çÂÂå (zuikou or zuiko)

ç"Âé¸ã£ã±ãÂÂå®Âã¯ç"Âé£Âç"¨ãÂÂã¸ã£ã ç­Âã«éÂÂå®Âã§ãÂÂãÂÂ
The sweet and sour fruit is prized for eating raw, making jams, etc.
樹å¢強ãÂÂæ ½å¹容æÂ"ã§ãÂÂãÂÂ
The tree is vigorous and easy to grow.
Looks interesting fruiting in a garden corner or as a container plant.

Planting instructions:

In-ground planting
Choose location according to ???
Please dig a hole, mix in humus/compost, soil ???
Fertilize with rapeseed oil cakes, chemical fertilizer (can't figure out the frequency).

Container planting
6ãÂÂ7å·é¢ã«赤çÂÂÃ¥ÂÂ6ãÂÂèÂÂèÂÂÃ¥ÂÂ3ãÂÂç Â1ã®å²åÂÂã§æ¤ÂãÂÂè¾¼ãÂÂãÂÂ
Use 6 parts number 6 or 7 Akadama (bonsai potting soil), 3 parts humus/compost, and 1 part sand.
Water when the surface is dry.
Every year, embed 3 to 4 pellets of bonsai fertilizer around the edge...

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 5:01AM
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tzei_yang(z8a Denton, TX)

Err, the post kind of messed up with the Japanese characters, but it's mostly there if you change your browser to UTF-8 encoding.

Anyway, the important thing is that the cultivar is Zuiko. They don't list the root stock on the label. From what's on other sites it might be a female plant.

If you scroll down on this page it seems to list different types of yamamomo cultivars. Google translated page puts Zuiko as the 4th on the list and that "[i]n the bayberry, the most popular varieties."

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 5:28AM
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tzei_yang - thanks so much for the links. I had no idea Google translation worked that way.

I assumed all of the trees I ordered were female. I had one tree grown from seed when I placed the order so I was hoping it was a male and would pollinate them. Now, all the trees except this 'Zuiko' have died, including the seed grown one. This one is doing fine but I noticed the root stock was sprouting leaves with a jagged edge that looked a bit different than the top growth. I'm thinking I'll just let one branch of the bottom growth get big enough to bloom along with the top.

I know that in China and Japan they don't have to worry about male trees because there are so many wild ones nearby. Here in the states not that many people grow the tree so it will be harder to find.

Thanks for all your help

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 7:57AM
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