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Xanthoceras sorbifolium Yellowhorn

Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Common name: Yellowhorn Family: Sapindaceae
Author: Bunge. Botanical references: 11, 200
Synonyms:  
Known Hazards: None known
Range: E. Asia - N. China.
Habitat: Thickets in drier areas, usually on shaded slopes.
Plants For A Future Rating (1-5): 3

 

Physical Characteristics

A decidious shrub growing to 6m by 2.5m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 6 and is frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). We rate it 3 out of 5 for usefulness.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil.

Habitats and Possible Locations

Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.

Edible Uses

Flowers; Leaves; Seed.

Flowers - cooked[2, 105, 183]. They are usually boiled[179].

Leaves - cooked[2, 105, 183]. They are usually boiled[179].

Seed - cooked[2, 105, 177]. The seed is about the size of a pea, it is quite sweet[183], with a taste like a sweet chestnut[178]. The seed is husked and then ground into a powder and boiled[179].

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