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American Mistletoe
Phoradendron leucarpum
About American Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phoradendron leucarpum is a species of mistletoe which is native to the United States and Mexico. Its common names include American mistletoe, eastern mistletoe, hairy mistletoe or oak mistletoe. It is native to Mexico and most parts of the continental United States. It is hemiparasitic, living in the branches of trees. The berries are white and 3-6 millimeters (0. 12-0. 24 in). It has opposite leaves that are leathery and thick. Ingesting the berries can cause "stomach and intestinal irritation with diarrhea, lowered blood pressure, and slow pulse". This shrub can grow to 1 meter (3. 3 ft) by 1 meter (3. 3 ft). Phoradendron leucarpum is used in North America as a surrogate for the similar European mistletoe Viscum album, in Christmas decoration and associated traditions (such as "kissing under the mistletoe"), as well as in rituals by modern druids. It is commercially harvested and sold for those purposes.
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Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.4" - 74.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 1.89", Coldest Month: 35.4" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 61.1" - 79.5", Humidity: 0.54" - 29.32", Elevation: 84" - 6554"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Eastern Mistletoe, Hairy Mistletoe, Oak Mistletoe

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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