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Common Name: Rui Ren
Prinsepia uniflora 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 - N.W. China.
Loess plateaux, areas intermediate between woodland and steppe. Sunny slopes, ravines in valleys, base of hills at elevations of 800 - 2200 metres[
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[
Hardy to about -20°c[
This species is closely allied to P. sinensis[
Flowers are produced very early in the spring and they are then easily damaged by frosts[
]. The flowers are produced on the previous seasons wood[
]. They are produced on old wood according to another report[
]. Plants only fruit in Britain after long hot summers[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The cherry-like fruit is about 15mm in diameter and contains 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[