Hovenia dulcis

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Hovenia dulcis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Hovenia
Thunb.
Species: H. dulcis
Binomial name
Hovenia dulcis
Thunb.

Hovenia dulcis, the oriental raisin tree, is a plant which is native to Japan, Korea, Eastern China and the Himalayas. The plant is sent around throughout Korea.

Shape[change | edit source]

Its height is about 10m. The bark of the tree is dark gray. The flowers are white, and they grow between June and July. The tree grows fruits between September and October. The fruits are brown, and their shape is similar to chicken's claw.

Ecology[change | edit source]

The plant grows well in both shade and light. This plant is resistant to cold, but not the dry. This plant is salt-tolerant, so it thrives near the sea. This plant is also resistant to pollution, so it thrives in cities and other industrial areas. The seeds are sown from February to March. The germination rate is about 2 – 15%. Most trees begin to bud two years after they are planted.

Use and Effect[change | edit source]

The woods are used for many purposes like building, instruments, ships and furniture. Because the stem tastes sweet, it can also be eaten and can be used to make drinks. This stem is also used for medicine. The stem also neutralises alcoholic poisoning.