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Prinsepia sinensis - (Oliv.)Oliv. ex Bean.

Common Name Cherry prinsepia
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In the shade of mixed forests and in shrubberies, especially on pebbly or alluvial soils[74]. Mixed forests, forests of shady slopes, open places on slopes and beside streams in northern China[266].
Range E. Asia - Northern China to Manchuria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Prinsepia sinensis Cherry prinsepia


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Prinsepia sinensis Cherry prinsepia

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Prinsepia sinensis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plagiospermum sinense.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[1, 105, 177]. Red and juicy[11]. A pleasant sour taste[74], they can be eaten out of hand or made into jellies[183]. The plum-shaped fruit is about 15mm long with one large seed[200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[182, 200]. The plants produce flowers and fruits better when they are growing in full sun[200]. Flowers are produced on the previous seasons wood[200]. They are produced on old wood according to another report[182]. This plant has a potential for commercial fruit production[74]. Unfortunately, it only fruits in Britain after long hot summers[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best if given 2 months cold stratification[113]. Sow the seed in autumn if possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring in a cold frame in light shade. Germination may be inhibited by light[113]. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle into individual pots. Grow them on in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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Readers comment

Mari   Tue Mar 22 13:01:45 2005

I've been growing the plants from seeds for 3-4 years and they are currently about 70cm tall. I used normal potting conpost and didn't prechill or do any special treatment before sowing, but the seeds generally responded well. It's totally hardy in Yorkshire, UK, even when the temperature drops down to -4,5C. I didn't bother retreat my a-year-old plants in a greenhouse in winter but they all survived out in my garden. Although it's flowers are insignificant (small, cream-coloured flowers appearing in late winter/early spring}, the plant itself has a rather attractive shape and peeling bark and I think this plant has a huge potencial for bonsai use.

Sadly, I haven't seen the fruits yet but am hoping to taste them in a few year's time. Let's hope for a nice, long summer this year.

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