Wild Himalayan Cherry Prinsepia utilis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Himalayan cherry prinsepia


Prinsepia utilis, commonly known as Himalayan Olive, is a deciduous shrub with a complex and appealing structure. Its stems and branches create an intricate network, with some the younger stems often sporting sharp thorns. The leaves of the Himalayan Olive are simple in form, with a textured surface that feels slightly rough to the touch. They are arranged in an alternate pattern along the branches and have a vibrant green color that can add lushness to the plant's surroundings. During the blooming season, Himalayan Olive produces inconspicuous flowers that may be easily overlooked due to their small size and subtle coloration. The blossoms, composed of five small petals, generally display a pale hue that can range from white to pink. Post flowering, the plant bears fruit that starts out green and matures to an eye-catching yellow or orange. These fruits are small, resembling miniature olives, which is a nod to the plant's common name. The Himalayan Olive has a rugged and resilient appearance, capable of withstanding various climatic conditions. It presents itself with a charm that is understated yet rich in detail, resonating well with those who appreciate natural beauty and the complexity of plant structures.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Tibetan Cherry, Himalayan Cherry, Daha, Kurseong Cherry

    • Common names

      Prinsepia sinensis, Prinsepia uniflora.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Prinsepia utilis, commonly known as Dhattura, does not appear in the majority of toxic plant databases, suggesting that it is not widely recognized for its toxicity to humans. However, it is always important to be cautious with plants that are not commonly consumed or have parts that are not typically used as food. If any plant is not well-documented in terms of edibility or has potential for toxicity, it could cause adverse effects if ingested. These symptoms might range from gastrointestinal distress to more severe reactions, depending on the individual plant's chemical makeup. Despite this, there is no specific documented toxicity for Dhattura in relation to humans. Always consult with a medical professional or a certified poison control center if ingestion occurs and there is suspicion of poisoning.

    • To pets

      Prinsepia utilis, commonly referred to as Dhattura, has no specific documented evidence to suggest it is toxic to pets. However, like with humans, the absence of information does not inherently guarantee safety. Pets may respond differently to various plants and may experience symptoms of poisoning even if the said plant is not widely recognized as toxic. If a pet ingests part of this plant and you observe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual behavior, it is important to contact a veterinarian immediately. It is generally advisable to prevent pets from ingesting plants that are not confirmed to be safe.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      5-12 feet (1.5-3.7 meters)

    • Spread

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Nutritional Value: Prinsepia utilis, commonly known as Dhatelo, produces edible fruits that are rich in nutrients and vitamins.
    • Edible Oil Source: The seeds of Dhatelo can be pressed to extract oil, which is used for cooking and various traditional uses.
    • Soil Erosion Control: This plant is useful for controlling soil erosion due to its extensive root system.
    • Agroforestry: Dhatelo can be integrated into agroforestry systems, providing benefits such as shade and shelter for other plants or crops.
    • Ornamental Use: With its attractive flowers and foliage, Dhatelo can be planted for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscaping projects.
    • Livestock Feed: The leaves and fruits can serve as fodder for livestock in rural communities.
    • Environmental Conservation: Dhatelo is often used in reforestation and afforestation efforts to help maintain and restore local biodiversity.
    • Cultural Significance: In certain cultures, Dhatelo holds traditional significance and is incorporated into various customs and rituals.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Wound healing: Prinsepia utilis has been used traditionally for its potential healing properties on wounds.
    • Anti-inflammatory: Extracts of the plant may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could help with conditions like swelling and pain.
    • Antioxidant: The plant is believed to contain antioxidant compounds, which can protect the body from oxidative stress and may support overall health.
    • Immunomodulatory: There is limited evidence to suggest that Prinsepia utilis might have effects on the immune system.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Prinsepia utilis, also known as Dhatelo, has seeds that can be pressed to produce a lightweight oil used as a lubricant for fine machinery.
    • The oil from Dhatelo seeds is sometimes used in making paints and varnishes, due to its drying properties.
    • Wood from the Dhatelo plant is occasionally used in carpentry for making small items like handles and walking sticks because of its hardness.
    • The fruit pulp of Dhatelo, excluding the seed, can be fermented to produce alcoholic beverages in some traditional cultures.
    • Dhatelo leaves can be used as fodder for livestock, providing an additional food source for animals.
    • The thorny branches of the Dhatelo shrub can be used to create natural fencing, which is useful in protecting crops from animals.
    • Dhatelo flowers are a source of nectar for bees, and thus the plant can contribute to local honey production.
    • The plant's dense shrubbery provides habitat and shelter for small wildlife, supporting biodiversity.
    • Prinsepia utilis wood ash is sometimes used as a natural fertilizer in gardens and fields.
    • The twigs and branches of Dhatelo can be used as fuel for fires in rural areas where other sources of fuel are scarce.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Darmo is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Darmo is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hardiness: Prinsepia utilis, also known as Darmi, is native to harsh Himalayan environments which symbolizes its ability to endure and survive tough conditions.
    • Resilience: The plant's capacity to grow in difficult terrains signifies resilience and the ability to recover from challenges.
    • Adaptability: Darmi's versatility in different climates and altitudes represents adaptability to various life situations.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Himalayan olive should be watered regularly but moderately, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist without becoming waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plant thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which might be once or twice a week depending on climate conditions. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant is dormant, providing just enough water to prevent the soil from drying out completely. It is essential to use well-draining soil to prevent root rot. Depending on the size of the pot and the environmental conditions, this may equate to around 16 to 32 ounces of water per week during the active growth period.

  • sunLight

    Himalayan olive thrives best in full sun to partial shade, meaning it should receive at least four to six hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot would be where it can enjoy morning sunlight and partial shade during the hottest part of the day, protecting it from potentially scorching afternoon rays.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Himalayan olive is fairly adaptable but prefers temperate conditions. It can survive minimum temperatures of about 20°F but is most comfortable when temperatures range between 50°F and 85°F. Avoid exposing the plant to extreme cold or frost as it can damage the foliage and affect growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Himalayan olive to maintain its shape, remove dead or damaged branches, and encourage healthy growth. The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. It is generally sufficient to prune the plant once a year unless it is being trained or maintained as a hedge, in which case more frequent trimming may be necessary.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Himalayan olive, common name of Prinsepia utilis, thrives in well-drained, loamy soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. A good soil mix for this plant would be two parts loam, one part peat, and one part sand, which ensures proper drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    The Himalayan olive should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and to accommodate its growing root system. It's best to repot in the spring as the plant enters a period of active growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Himalayan olive prefers moderate humidity levels, typically around 40-60%. It can tolerate lower humidity conditions but ensuring consistent moderate humidity will promote healthier growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Himalayan olive in bright, indirect light indoors; ensure good drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Himalayan olive in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Prinsepia utilis, commonly known as the Himalayan olive, begins its life cycle from a seed, typically germinating in the spring after experiencing cold stratification over winter. The seedling develops into a young plant with a root system and shoots that produce leaves. As it matures, the plant grows into a deciduous shrub, forming branches and woody stems. The Himalayan olive reaches reproductive maturity within a few years, producing small flowers that are pollinated by insects. Following pollination, it develops small drupe fruits containing seeds that, when mature, are dispersed by animals or gravity. The plant completes its life cycle when it dies after several years, leaving seeds that will go through the same stages to give rise to new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagation for Prinsepia utilis, commonly known as the Chinese olive, is through seed germination. Seeds are usually collected from ripe fruits and sown in the spring. They should be planted in well-draining soil at a depth of about 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeters). The soil must be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged, to encourage germination. It's important to provide the seeds with a cold stratification period, mimicking winter conditions, for about 60 to 90 days before planting, which helps to break dormancy and improve germination rates. Once seedlings emerge and grow strong enough, they can be transplanted outdoors in a sunny location with well-drained soil.