A legendary shrub said to have been used to elaborate Jesus Christ’s thorn crown. The wood is tough, white-pink and elastic. During Antiquity, its roots, leaves and fruit were used for their astringent and diuretic properties. Also known under Paliurus aculeatusy Ziziphus spina-christi.
Deciduous shrub growing up to 5m with green oval leaves. The basis of their stalks is thorny. Yellow-greenish flowers in spring and summer. Typical yellow edible fruit.
It adapts to any types of soils. Can be seen on the edge of Oak groves and Cork oak plantations shaping thorny hedges.
Depending on the geographical areas and altitude sowing can take place from March to May. To obtain a more regular and faster germination stratify in cold the seeds for 60-90 days before the sowing. It is possible to use a sowing substrate for potting or soil from the garden together with a sowing substrate if the sowing is made directly into the garden. The substrate must be wet but not soggy until the germination is completed.