A modern reference to temperate woody plants, including updated content from this site and much new material, can be found at Trees and Shrubs Online.

Prinsepia sinensis (Oliver) Oliver ex Bean

Modern name

Prinsepia sinensis (Oliv.) Oliv. ex Bean


Plagiospermum sinense Oliver

A deciduous shrub of rather lax, spreading habit, about 6 ft high; stems armed with solitary, stiff, short spines, from beneath which spring the leaves; pith chambered (divided into thin plates). Leaves alternate on the shoots of the year, oblong-lanceolate, finely ciliate, 112 to 3 in. long, about 12 in. wide; produced in clusters on the year-old shoots. Flowers borne singly in the leaf-axils on slender stalks 12 in. long; they are solitary, or clustered two to four together; each flower 12 to 34 in. in diameter, petals five, bright yellow, roundish, tapered to a short claw. Fruits red and juicy, 35 in. long, ripening in August. Bot. Mag., t. 8711

Native of Manchuria; it was introduced from France in 1908 and is quite hardy.

Prinsepia sinensis

Prinsepia sinensis



Other species in the genus