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Eleutherococcus spinosus - (L.f.)S.Y.Hu.

Common Name
Family Araliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - China, C. Japan.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Eleutherococcus spinosus


Eleutherococcus spinosus

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eleutherococcus spinosus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

E. pentaphyllus. Acanthopanax spinosus.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Leaves and young budlings - cooked[46, 61, 105, 116, 177]. The dried leaves are a tea substitute[105, 177]. Although we have no record of the seed being edible, it is said to contain 5.6 - 30.6% protein, 5.6 - 36.6% fat and 2.1 - 3.5% ash[218].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic  Tonic

The cortex of the root is tonic and analgesic. It is used to treat general debility, rheumatic pains and many other complaints[178, 218]. A wine made from the root is considered to be a general tonic for restoring vigour and restoring sexual potency[218].

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Plants can be used as a hedge[200].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light warm open loamy humus-rich soil and a position sheltered from north and east winds[11, 200]. Prefers a well-drained soil and full sun[200]. Tolerates urban pollution and poor soils[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c if they are sheltered from cold winds[200]. Considered to be a part of E. sieboldianus by some botanists, but this species has smaller leaves[200]. It is closely related to and often confused with E. divaricatus[200]. There is a spineless form of this species, known as Eleutherococcus spinosus inermis (Makino) H. Ohashi[275].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. It can be slow to germinate. Stored seed requires 6 months warm followed by 3 months cold stratification[113] and can be very slow to germinate[133]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113, 200]. Cuttings of ripe wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 30cm long in a cold frame[238]. Root cuttings in late winter[200]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Eleutherococcus chiisanensis Shrub0.0 -  LMHSNM20 
Eleutherococcus divaricatus Shrub3.5 5-9  LMHSNM20 
Eleutherococcus gracylistylusWu Jia PiShrub3.0 5-9  LMHSNM13 
Eleutherococcus innovansTaka-No-TsumeTree6.0 6-9  LMHNM10 
Eleutherococcus japonicus Shrub3.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Eleutherococcus senticosusSiberian GinsengShrub2.0 3-7 SLMHSNM25 
Eleutherococcus seoulensis Shrub0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus Shrub4.5 4-8  LMHSNM23 
Eleutherococcus sieboldianusUkogi, Five Leafed AraliaShrub3.0 4-8 SLMHSNM302
Eleutherococcus trifoliatus Shrub6.0 6-9  LMHSNM11 

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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