Atraphaxis sp. is a large shrub native to Central Asia which grows to a height of 5-10 feet. It is a deciduous plant, meaning it will lose its leaves in the fall. This plant thrives best in full sun or semi-shade, and it prefers a moderate amount of water. This hardy plant is suitable for USDA Zone 5-9.
Atraphaxis sp. also produces edible fruits, which are small and round. The plant can produce up to 200 fruits per plant, each containing an abundance of healthy benefits. These fruits can be eaten fresh, dried, or even processed into jams and jellies. The fruits are known to be an excellent source of Vitamin C, as well as providing essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These fruits have also been known to aid in digestion, help strengthen the immune system and even prevent cancer.
In colder climates, Atraphaxis sp. can be grown in pots and over-wintered indoors. The plants should be kept consistently moist, but not overly wet as this can lead to root rot. Additionally, make sure the pot has adequate drainage. Once the temperature consistently stays above freezing, the pot can be placed outside in the sun in a sheltered area. Make sure to water regularly to ensure the plant is getting enough water. Additionally, mulching the soil can help retain moisture and provide additional insulation during the winter months.