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Paliurus spina-christi - Mill.

Common Name Christ's Thorn, Jeruselem thorn
Family Rhamnaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hedges, roadsides and thickets, in maquis and garigue on dry sandy hills to 3000 metres[89].
Range S. Europe to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Paliurus spina-christi is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from October to December. 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 and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

P. aculeata. P. australis. P. virgatus.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or dried for later use. A pleasant sub-acid taste, somewhat resembling dried apples[183]. The woody fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Diuretic  Tonic

Anticathartic, astringent, diuretic and tonic[218].

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

The plants are used for hedging, they have a loose but bushy habit[11, 200].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[182, 200]. Tolerates light shade[202]. Prefers a limy soil[200]. Grows well in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant[184]. Prefers a light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[245]. Hardy to about -15°c[184]. Plants are of slow to moderate growth[202]. The branches are pliable and excessively spiny[11]. Plants can regrow from the base if they are cut back by severe weather[200]. The flowers are slightly perfumed[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame and moved into the greenhouse in February. Fair to good germination[78]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and overwinter them in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Root cuttings 4cm long, December in a greenhouse. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Paliurus ramosissimusMa Jia ZiShrub6.0 6-9  LMHNM023

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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Author

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Botanical References

1189200

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