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Common Name: Christ's Thorn
Paliurus spina-christi is a Deciduous Shrub up to 5.00 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
S. Europe to W. Asia.
Hedges, roadsides and thickets, in maquis and garigue on dry sandy hills to 3000 metres[
Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[
]. Tolerates light shade[
]. Prefers a limy soil[
]. Grows well in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant[
]. Prefers a light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[
Hardy to about -15°c[
]. Plants are of slow to moderate growth[
The branches are pliable and excessively spiny[
Plants can regrow from the base if they are cut back by severe weather[
The flowers are slightly perfumed[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Fruit - raw or dried for later use. A pleasant sub-acid taste, somewhat resembling dried apples[
]. The woody fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[
Anticathartic, astringent, diuretic and tonic[
The plants are used for hedging, they have a loose but bushy habit[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame and moved into the greenhouse in late winter. Fair to good germination[
]. 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, mid summer in a frame[
Root cuttings 4cm long, December in a greenhouse. Fair to good percentage[