Christ’s Thorn (Paliuris spina-christi)

P. aculeata. P. australis. P. virgatus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Christ's Thorn
Paliuris spina-christi

The plants are used for hedging, they have a loose but bushy habit[11, 200].

  • Medicinal Use

    Anticathartic, astringent, diuretic and tonic[218].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or dried for later use. A pleasant sub-acid taste, somewhat resembling dried apples[183]. The woody fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame and moved into the greenhouse in February. Fair to good germination[78]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and overwinter them in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Root cuttings 4cm long, December in a greenhouse. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering
Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[182, 200]. Tolerates light shade[202]. Prefers a limy soil[200]. Grows well in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant[184]. Prefers a light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[245]. Hardy to about -15¡c[184]. Plants are of slow to moderate growth[202]. The branches are pliable and excessively spiny[11]. Plants can regrow from the base if they are cut back by severe weather[200]. The flowers are slightly perfumed[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
S. Europe to W. Asia.

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