Herb: Manchurian Angelica Tree


Latin name: Aralia mandschurica


Family: Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)



Medicinal use of Manchurian Angelica Tree:

Anodyne, carminative. The root, and especially the bark, stimulates the central nervous system. The plant is said to restore the appetite, memory, vigour etc.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
3.5 m
(11 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Forests on rich well moistened slopes, 900 - 2000 metres in N. Hupeh. Thickets and thin woods in lowland and hills in Japan.

Edible parts of Manchurian Angelica Tree:

Young shoots - cooked. They can also be blanched and used in salads.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 - 5 months of cold stratification. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 4 months at 20C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Once the plants are 25cm or more tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions, late spring or early summer being the best time to do this. Root cuttings 8cm long, December in a cold frame. Store the roots upside down in sand and pot up in March/April. High percentage. Division of suckers in late winter. Very easy, the suckers can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.

Cultivation of Manchurian Angelica Tree:

Forests on rich well moistened slopes, 900 - 2000 metres in N. Hupeh. Thickets and thin woods in lowland and hills in Japan.

Known hazards of Aralia mandschurica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.