Herb latin name: Juglans sinensis
Synonyms: Juglans regia sinensis
Family: Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)
Medicinal use of Juglans sinensis:The seed is used in Korea to treat spermatorrhoea, frequent urination and dermatitis. The seed contains gangliosides, but no specific bioactivity has been recorded.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Not known in a truly wild situation.
Edible parts of Juglans sinensis:Seed - raw. It contains 15.8% protein, 66.9% fat, 10.8% carbohydrate and 1.8% ash. An edible oil is obtained from the seed, it tends to go rancid quickly.
Other uses of the herb:Plants produce chemicals which can inhibit the growth of other plants. These chemicals are dissolved out of the leaves when it rains and are washed down to the ground below, reducing the growth of plants under the tree. The roots of many members of this genus also produce substances that are toxic to many plant species, especially apples (Malus species), members of the Ericaceae, Potentilla spp and the white pines (certain Pinus spp.).
Propagation of Juglans sinensis:The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual deep pots in a cold frame. You need to protect it from mice, birds, squirrels etc. The seed usually germinates in late winter or the spring. Plant out the seedlings into their permanent positions in early summer and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two. The seed can also be stored in cool moist conditions (such s the salad compartment of a fridge) over the winter and sown in early spring but it may then require a period of cold stratification before it will germinate. This is possibly a hybrid species and so it might not breed true from seed.
Cultivation of the herb:Not known in a truly wild situation.
Known hazards of Juglans sinensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.