Berchemia laxa Wall.
Ziziphus floribunda Wall.
Leaves on a small, cultivated plant
Photograph by: Raffi Kojian
Berchemia floribunda is an erect to scrambling shrub[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - central and southern China, Japan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Mountain forests, understories of forests and thickets on slopes, forest margins, valleys; at elevations up to 2,600 metres[
Berchemia floribunda is found in the temperate to subtropical regions of central and southern China, where it grows in hardiness zones 7 - 10,
Species in this genus generally require a good moist well-drained loam, succeeding in full sun if the soil does not dry out otherwise growing best in light shade[
The young leaves are used as a substitute for tea[
The roots are used to alleviate pain[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, late autumn to January in a frame.
Root cuttings in winter[
Layering of young stems in winter[