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Rhamnus dahurica - Pall.

Common Name Dahurian Buckthorn
Family Rhamnaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, there is the suggestion that some members of this genus could be mildly poisonous[65].
Habitats Forest undergrowth in the Himalayas[146]. Forests on slopes, thickets or the margin of forests, humid places along the sides of canals at elevations under 1800 metres in China[266].
Range E. Asia - Siberia to China.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rhamnus dahurica Dahurian Buckthorn


Rhamnus dahurica Dahurian Buckthorn

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rhamnus dahurica is a deciduous Shrub growing to 7 m (23ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen from August to October. 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. 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

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Oil
Edible Uses: Oil  Tea

Leaves - cooked. They can be parboiled and eaten[183]. The leaves are a tea substitute[177, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

The fleshy fruit is used as medicine[266]. No more details are given.

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Other Uses

Dye  Hedge  Hedge  Miscellany  Oil  Wood

A green dye is obtained from the leaves and branches[46, 61, 151]. A yellow dye can be obtained from the bark and the fruit[266]. A lubricating oil is obtained from the seeds[266]. Plants can be grown as an informal hedge, they are also amenable to trimming[200]. The hard wood can be used to make furniture[266].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any reasonably good soil[11]. This species is very closely related to R. cathartica[11]. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification at about 5° and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed[200]. Germination is usually good, at least 80% by late spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring[4].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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