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Prinsepia sinensis is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - Northern China to Manchuria.
In the shade of mixed forests and in shrubberies, especially on pebbly or alluvial soils[
]. Mixed forests, forests of shady slopes, open places on slopes and beside streams in northern China[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[
The plants produce flowers and fruits better when they are growing in full sun[
]. Flowers are produced on the previous seasons wood[
]. They are produced on old wood according to another report[
This plant has a potential for commercial fruit production[
]. Unfortunately, it only fruits in Britain after long hot summers[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Red and juicy[
]. A pleasant sour taste[
], they can be eaten out of hand or made into jellies[
]. The plum-shaped fruit is about 15mm long with one large seed[
Seed - best if given 2 months cold stratification[
]. Sow the seed in autumn if possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring in a cold frame in light shade. Germination may be inhibited by light[
]. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle into individual pots. Grow them on in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[