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Rhamnus utilis - Decne.

Common Name Chinese Buckthorn
Family Rhamnaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
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 Roadsides and thickets in W. Hupeh, to 1600 metres[109].
Range E. Asia - E. and C. China, S. Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Rhamnus utilis Chinese Buckthorn


Rhamnus utilis Chinese Buckthorn

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rhamnus utilis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in). It is in flower from Apr to June, and the seeds ripen from Jun to August. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Dye;  Oil.

A green dye is obtained from the bark[171]. It is obtained from the leaves[109]. The fruit, bark and leaves contain a yellow dyestuff[266]. An oil obtained from the seed is used as a lubricant[266].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[11]. Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species is dioecious[266] - both male and female plants will need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed. 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. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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