Rhus potaninii

dried berries

Chinese Sumac, Potanin Sumac

In Stock: 3.049 lb (Total:3.049lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination

Other: Should be cleaned prior to treatment or sowing, if sown as db germination may be delayed by 1 year.| if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Discover the incredible healing properties of Rhus potaninii, also known as Chinese Sumac or Potanin Sumac. This unique tree produces an antiseptic, astringent, and haemostatic substance on its leaves, which is created by an insect called Melaphis chinensis or M. paitan. These healing properties make Rhus potaninii a valuable remedy for various health conditions.

In traditional medicine, Rhus potaninii is used to treat persistent cough with blood, chronic diarrhea, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, bloody stool, urorrhoea, and bloody sputum. It can also be applied externally to burns, bleeding due to traumatic injuries, haemorrhoids, and ulcers in the mouth.

Aside from its medicinal uses, Rhus potaninii has other valuable applications. The leaves of this tree are rich in tannin, which can be collected and used as a brown dye or a mordant. The seeds of Rhus potaninii produce an oil that can be turned into candles, offering a brilliant light source. Furthermore, the galls on the leaves can be utilized to create indelible black ink.

Rhus potaninii is a deciduous tree that grows up to 12 meters tall and is hardy to zone 5. It flowers in June, and the seeds ripen from August to October. This species prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate various soil types, including light, medium, and heavy soils. It thrives in acidic, neutral, and alkaline soil conditions, although it cannot grow in the shade.

Cultivating Rhus potaninii requires proper care and attention. It is advised to plant this tree in a well-drained fertile soil under full sun exposure. The young growth in spring may be vulnerable to late frosts. While Rhus potaninii is highly ornamental, it rarely flowers in Britain. However, it is crucial to note that some people may experience skin irritation when in contact with the sap of this species.

Propagation of Rhus potaninii can be done through seed sowing, cuttings, or root cuttings. Seeds should be soaked in hot water to remove any germination inhibitors before planting. Cuttings of half-ripe wood can be taken in July or August, while root cuttings should be potted up in December. Suckers can also be obtained in late autumn to winter.

Overall, Rhus potaninii is a remarkable tree that offers not only medicinal benefits but also other practical uses. If you are searching for a natural remedy for various health conditions or are interested in its other applications, Rhus potaninii is definitely a plant worth considering.

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