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Alangium Chinese is a flowering plant and a traditional Chinese medicine.

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Alangium Chinese is a flowering plant that can grow up to a height of 8 meters (26ft 3inches). This tree belongs to the family Alangiaceae. It is a traditional Chinese medicine and hence its name Alangium Chinese. It has been in use from olden times in China.

This tree produces flowers that are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by insects. The twigs are purple in color and have spines. The flowers are cream colored with an orange tinge. They are spidery and the aroma is sweet. They bloom from June to July. Their seeds ripen from August to November.

It is medicinally used as a Blood tonic, carminative, contraceptive and is a chinese herb. Extract of the seeds produces oil that is used in lighting lamps. It is used to treat rheumatism, numbness, traumatic injuries, wounds and snakebites. The shoot is used as a tonic and the root paste is used on areas to set the dislocated bones.

This is a food for larvae of some Lepidoptera species in the Geometroidea-Drepanoidea assemblage including the Engrailed (Geometridae) and the subfamily Cyclidiinae (Drepanidae).

The tree is native to western Africa, Madagascar, southern and eastern Asia (China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines), tropical Australia, the western Pacific Ocean islands, and New Caledonia.

Growing/Caring conditions for Alangium Chinese:
– This plant can be propagated from seed.
– This plant need full sun and a sheltered position.
– This plant is not frost tolerant.
– This plant does not require pruning.
– Sow the seeds in spring.
– Sow the seeds and grow them in a green house for first winter.
– Plant them outside in early summer.
– This plant can grow in hardy zones of USDA 9.
– Maintain the night temperatures to 55°F or above.
– Add a slow release organic fertilizer for good growth.
– Keep the seeds moist until germination.
– Mulch the plant in early season.
– The plants should be watered around the soil to ensure soil to root contact.
– This plant needs moderately fertile and well drained soil.
– The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
– The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
– Mulch with a 2-inch layer of bark or gravel mulch around the base for the plant to retain moisture and to keep the roots damp.
– Maintain evenly moist soil.

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