Is The Fruit On A Rose Tree Of China Edible And What Does It Look Like?

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What is the description of the mature fruit & edibility for the rose tree of china?


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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Hi Judy-This is an interesting question that I wanted to research. It is interesting to me the amount of plants that produce some sort of fruit that many of us aren't sure is edible or toxic for humans or animals. Brent is correct that the fruit of this plant is not palatable to humans, but it is not toxic. The only real benefit I found of the fruit is a source of extra interest of the tree and a good food for many animals. It supposedly is considered a real treat for squirrels.
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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Judy - I had a Rose Tree of China, also known as "Flowering Almond," scientifically named: Prunus triloba var. multiplex, planted years ago in my garden. This is an ornamental flowering shrub or small tree. After it bloomed in early spring it did produce a small red fruit, but these are not edible, at least I don't think they are? I never ate one. But the beautiful flowers in spring make this a very desirable plant for the landscape!

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Answer #2 · Judy Foster's Answer · My seed source publication lists Prunus triloba as Rose Tree of China, to 10' with single pink or white flowers. Double pink Flowering Almond, Prunus glandulosa, Rosea Plena, to 6'. Last is Flowering Plum, to 10' with single pink blossoms. The Flowering Plum Fruit is small cherry-like in size and color. This year is the first year the Rose Tree of China has produced fruit and only one fruit was produced. This fruit is plumlike and presently is transparent in color. I've waited long for the seed to plant and want to allow the fruit to mature. I would like to know the color of the mature fruit and get the names correct on the various prunus in question. THX for your help.)


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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Judy-Identifying your plant may be hard if your not sure of the seed you planted. It may take awhile for the plant to mature enough to make an educated guess as to the variety you have. Common names don't help much as the Rose Tree of China is also known by names such as Double Flowering Plum and Flowering Almond. Prunus triloba 'Multiplex' can grow to 10-15 feet and has pink double petaled flowers. The Prunus triloba 'simplex' has single petaled flowers. This plant is usually grown as a large shrub or single trunk small tree. The Flowering Almond (Prunus Glandulosa) is a multi-stemmed shrub that normally only grows to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It has a white or pink double petaled flower. The Rosea Plena is just one variety or cultuvar of Prunus Glandulosa that is a medium sized shrub that grows to 5 or 6 foot. The Flowering Plum you mention can be a common name for either of the genus and species noted, but could be one of several varieties. As far as I know all the fruit on these plants are dark red at maturity and average around 1/2 inch in diameter. You may be able to identify the Prunus triloba or the Prunus glandulosa by their leaf size and color. The Prunus glandulosa has pale green leaves that can grow to 3 1/2 inches long. The Prunus triloba's leaf is usually smaller, 2 1/2 inches long, double toothed, broad and oval in shape, and a darker green color than the Glandulosa. As you can see it may be hard to identify the exact plant you have. If you can upload a picture of the plant and an upclose picture of its leaf it may help to identify at least its species (triloba or glandulosa). Above this and to the right of your name you will see where you can upload your pictures.

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