Aralia chinensis is a deciduous shrub found in areas such as E. Asia - China. A member of the Araliaceae family, Aralia chinensis L is also known by its common name of Chinese Angelica tree. The shrub can grow to a height of 3.5 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Forests on rich well moistened soil[74]., with LMH soil and FS moisture levels. .

Chinese Angelica tree is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Chinese Angelica tree is 2The stem and root are anodyne and carminative[147, 218]. It is used as a warming painkilling herb in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis[238]. The root is also considered to be useful in the treatment of diabetes and dysmenorrhoea[218]. Some caution is advised since the bark is considered to be slightly poisonous[218]. The stembark is diuretic and sialagogue[218].

Aralia chinensis is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 8 - 9, and which is pollinated by Bees.

Known hazards of the plant: The bark is considered to be slightly poisonous[218].

The plant has an edibility rating of 2Young shoots - cooked[46, 61, 105, 177]. Used as a vegetable[206]. Blanched and used in salads[116]. Although no records of edibility have been seen for the seed, it is said to contain 5.8 - 17.5% protein, 4.2 - 46.3% fat and 3.7 - 5.7% ash[218].

Cultivation tips: Prefers a good deep loam and a semi-shady position[1, 11, 200]. Requires a sheltered position[1]. Plants are hardier when grown in
poorer soils[200]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. This species is closely allied to A. elata[11]. A very ornamental plant[1, 11].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 - 5 months of cold stratification. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 4 months at 20°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Once the plants are 25 centimeters or more tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions, late spring or early summer being the best time to do this. Root cuttings 8 centimeters long, December in a cold frame[11, 78]. Store the roots upside down in sand and pot up in March/April. High percentage[78]. Division of suckers in late winter[11]. Very easy, the suckers can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.

Young shoots - cooked[46, 61, 105, 177]. Used as a vegetable[206]. Blanched and used in salads[116]. Although no records of edibility have been seen for the seed, it is said to contain 5.8 - 17.5% protein, 4.2 - 46.3% fat and 3.7 - 5.7% ash[218].