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Canarium album - (Lour.)Raeusch.

Common Name Chinese White Olive
Family Burseraceae
USDA hardiness 10-13
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Native to the subtropics of Asia.
Range E. Asia - China.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Canarium album Chinese White Olive


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Canarium album Chinese White Olive
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Canarium album is a TREE growing to 15 m (49ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked. Used like olives[177]. The fresh fruit is crisp, first tastes a little bitter, and then tastes fragrant, sour, and sweet; used in stir-fry dishes, preserved fruits, beverages and for making crack seeds.

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic

Sialagogue[147]. It is used to stimulate the appetite and eliminate apprehension[147]. Traditional Chinese Medicines use Olive fruit to remove heat from the lung, relieve sore throats, promote the production of body fluid and detoxicating, and is used for swollen and sore throats, excessive thirst, hematemesis, lacillary dysentery, epilepsy, puffer poisoning, and alcoholism.

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Other Uses

Ornamental: planted in China along the highways, streets and gardens.

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

The native habitat is 22°N-26°N. It is cold-sensitive and does not withstand sub-zero temperatures. An annual average temperature of 20-22° C is needed, with a rainfall of 1200-1400 mm. Flowering takes place in April to May. The fruits mature from October to December.

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Plant Propagation

Seed.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Chinese white-olive, Chinese-olive, French: Olivier chinois. German: Chinesische weiße Olive. weiße Kanarinuß. Portuguese: Azeitona-da-China. Spanish: Pisa.

TEMPERATE ASIA: Fujian Sheng, Guangdong Sheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Yunnan Sheng,China. TROPICAL ASIA: Vietnam,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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