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Helwingia chinensis is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - W. China.
Thickets, 1300 - 2300 metres in W. Szechwan[
]. Mixed woods and thickets on slopes, broad-leaved forests, at elevations of 1000 - 2600 metres[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
]. Requires a sheltered position beneath a good tree canopy cover[
Plants are not very hardy outdoors in Britain, only thriving in milder areas of the country where winter temperatures do not fall below about -7°c[
The flowers are produced on the midribs of the leaves[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
The flowers and leaves might be edible[
A decoction of the leaves and the bark are ingested for treating skin inflammations[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in late winter. 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.