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Sambucus chinensis - Lindl.
                 
Common Name Chinese Elder
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, the leaves and stems of some, if not all, members of this genus are poisonous[9, 76]. The fruit of many species (although no records have been seen for this species) has been known to cause stomach upsets to some people. Any toxin the fruit might contain is liable to be of very low toxicity and is destroyed when the fruit is cooked[65, 76].
Habitats Thickets and woods in hills and at low elevations in mountains, C. and S. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Sambucus chinensis Chinese Elder


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Physical Characteristics
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Sambucus chinensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms
S. thunbergiana. S. javanica. non Blume.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - cooked. It is usually preserved, used in confectionery or as a tea[183]. The fruit is about 4mm in diameter and is borne in large clusters[200]. Some caution is advised, see notes on toxicity above. Stems and leaves - cooked[183]. Some caution is advised, see the notes on toxicity above. Root - cooked. Use with caution, see the notes above on toxicity.
Medicinal Uses


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Emetic;  Parasiticide.

Emetic[178].
Other Uses
Parasiticide.

The plant is used to make a skin wash to rid the body of parasites[178]. (The part of the plant that is used is not detailed, it is likely to be the leaves or dried flower stalks.)
Cultivation details
Tolerates most soils, including chalk[200], but prefers a moist loamy soil[11, 200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates some shade but is best in a sunny position[1]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution and coastal situations[200]. There is some confusion over the correct name of this species. It is said to be a synonym of S. javanica by some botanists, but this probably refers to a herbaceous plant, the correct name of which should be S. chinensis. The true S. javanica is a shrub[K].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it should germinate in early spring. Stored seed can be sown in the spring in a cold frame but will probably germinate better if it is given 2 months warm followed by 2 months cold stratification first[78, 98, 113]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If good growth is made, the young plants can be placed in their permanent positions during the early summer. Otherwise, either put them in a sheltered nursery bed, or keep them in their pots in a sheltered position and plant them out in spring of the following year. Division of suckers in spring or autumn

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Sambucus australasicaYellow Elderberry20
Sambucus caeruleaBlue Elder42
Sambucus ebulusDwarf Elder, Dwarf elderberry12
Sambucus gaudichaudianaWhite Elderberry20
Sambucus javanicaChinese Elder12
Sambucus latipinna 10
Sambucus melanocarpaBlack Elder, Rocky Mountain elder22
Sambucus mexicanaMexican Elder21
Sambucus microbotrysRed Elder10
Sambucus nigraElderberry - European Elder, Black elderberry, American black elderberry, Blue elderberry, Europea43
Sambucus nigra spp canadensisAmerican Elder43
Sambucus pubensAmerican Red Elder31
Sambucus racemosaRed Elder, Red elderberry, Rocky Mountain elder, European Red Elderberry32
Sambucus racemosa kamtschaticaRed Elder32
Sambucus racemosa sieboldiana 10
Sambucus racemosa var. racemosaRed Coast Elder32
Sambucus wightianaElder02
Sambucus williamsii 12
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