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Edible uses


Young leaves - raw or cooked and used as a vegetable[1][2][3].

Old leaves are dried and used as a tea substitute[1][2][3].

A wine is made from the bark. It is highly fancied by the Chinese[3]. It is probably used mainly for medicinal purposes[K].

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Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root bark contains saponins, acanthosides, cardiac glycosides and polysaccharides[4]. It is adaptogenic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and diuretic[5][6][4]. It is used in Korea in the treatment of lumbago, neuralgia, arthritis and oedema[4].


Ecosystem niche/layer

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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[7]. It can be slow to germinate. Stored seed requires 6 months warm followed by 3 months cold stratification[8] and can be very slow to germinate[9]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[8][7]. Cuttings of ripe wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 30cm long in a cold frame[10]. Root cuttings in late winter[7].

Division of suckers in the dormant season[7].

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Succeeds in an open loamy soil[11], preferring a well-drained humus-rich soil in full sun[7]. Tolerates poor soils and atmospheric pollution[7].

A very cold resistant plant[12] if it is sheltered from cold winds, tolerating temperatures down to at least -15°c[7]. A very ornamental plant[12], it spreads vigorously by means of suckers[7].

This species is closely related to E. divaricatus[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus
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
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? Medicinal Plants in the Republic of Korea World Health Organisation, Manila ISBN 92 9061 120 0 (1998-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    7. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    9. ? Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 1. Thompson and Morgan. (1987-00-00)
    10. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    11. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    12. ? 12.012.1 Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
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