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Paliurus spina-christi - Mill.                
                 
Common Name Christ's Thorn
Family Rhamnaceae
Synonyms P. aculeata. P. australis. P. virgatus.
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.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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.
It is hardy to zone 8. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Oct to December. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

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Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (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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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].
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent;  Diuretic;  Tonic.

Anticathartic, astringent, diuretic and tonic[218].
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

The plants are used for hedging, they have a loose but bushy habit[11, 200].
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].
                                                                                 
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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Author                                         
Mill.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
1189200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[11]Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
[78]Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
[89]Polunin. O. and Huxley. A. Flowers of the Mediterranean.
A very readable pocket flora that is well illustrated. Gives some information on plant uses.
[182]Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
[183]Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
[184]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs.
Excellent photographs and a terse description of 1900 species and cultivars.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[202]Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs.
Contains information on 2,000 species and cultivars, giving details of cultivation requirements. The text is terse but informative.
[218]Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
[245]Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World.
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.

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