Acanthopanax henryi (Oliver) Harms

TSO logo


For information about how you could sponsor this page, see How You Can Help


Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles



  • Eleutherococcus henryi Oliver


globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.


There are currently no active references in this article.


Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

A sturdy bush, said to become 10 ft high in a wild state, with rigid, pale brown branchlets, rough with minute bristles, and armed with broad sturdy spines, 16 in. long, straight or slightly decurved. Leaves composed of five leaflets on a stalk 112 to 3 in. long, rough to the touch. Leaflets obovate or oval, 112 to 312 in. long, 34 to 112 in. wide; tapering nearly equally towards both ends, scarcely stalked; the margins finely and simply toothed; upper surface harsh, lower one more or less hairy. Flowers in a terminal cluster of umbels borne on a sturdy, slightly hairy stalk, 1 to 2 in. long; the terminal umbel the largest and earliest. Fruits inky black, oblong, 38 in. long, in globose umbels 2 in. across. Bot. Mag., t. 8316.

Native of Central China; introduced by Wilson for Messrs Veitch in 1901, and first flowered at Coombe Wood four years later. It is an interesting but not showy shrub, although its foliage and spherical clusters of inky black fruit are striking; the latter remain long on the plants. It is a close ally of A. simonii, but the very different toothing of the leaflets of that species, the more decurved and slender spines, and its smoother branches distinguish it readily from the present one.


A site produced by the International Dendrology Society through the support of the Dendrology Charitable Company.

For copyright and licence information, see the Licence page.

To contact the editors: