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Rhamnus purpureus is a Deciduous Shrub
It has medicinal uses.
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[
E. Asia - Himalayas.
Generally on open shady aspects, 1300 - 3000 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[
This plant bears the aecidospore stage of 'crown rust' of oats[
The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The fruit is purgative[
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification at about 5° and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed[
]. 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, mid summer in a frame[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.
Layering in early spring[