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Toxic parts

The seed is poisonous[1][2] and so are the leaves[3]. Although we have no more information, it is reasonable to assume that all other parts of the plant are also toxic.

Edible uses


Fruit - raw or used as a beverage[2]. As pleasant as bilberries[4]. Use with great caution since most parts of the plant, including the seed[4], are probably very toxic and some reports suggest the fruit should not be used at all[2].

The roots are antirheumatic[3].

The plant is hallucinatory in small quantities[3].


Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Coriaria sinica.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are anodyne, antiphlogistic, febrifuge, depurative, poultice and vermifuge[5][3].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nitrogen fixer


Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse[6]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[7]. 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, 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage[6].

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Prefers a fairly good loamy soil in a sunny sheltered position[2][7][8]. Succeeds in light shade[8]

This species is not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c though it can resprout from the base if cut back by the cold[8]. This new growth does not flower in its first year[9].

The roots of plants in this genus bear nitrogen-fixing nodules[3]. Whilst much of the nitrogen will be utilized by the growing plant, some of it will become available for other plants growing nearby[K].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Coriaria sinica.




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Full Data

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Binomial name
Coriaria sinica
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    5 x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    2. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    3. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    4. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    6. ? 6.06.1 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    8. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    9. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? Wilson. E. H. Plantae Wilsonae. ()

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