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Ternstroemia japonica - Thunb.
Common Name
Family Theaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests and thickets at elevations of 200 - 2800 metres in southern and western China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan and the Himalayas where it grows at elevations of 1,200 - 1,500 metres.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade


Ternstroemia japonica

Ternstroemia japonica
Physical Characteristics
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Ternstroemia japonica is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

T. gymnanthera. (Wight.&Arn.)Sprague.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge; North Wall. By.
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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The root and the stem bark are astringent[218]. They are used in the treatment of dysentery[240]. The leaves are used in the treatment of malaria[218].
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Used as a screening or hedging plant[200].
Cultivation details
Requires a lime-free soil and a sheltered position[182]. Succeeds in a fertile humus-rich well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in part shade[200]. Succeeds in north-facing sites[200]. Generally considered to be a tender shrub, but it tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c if the wood has been well-ripened[200] and succeeds outdoors in the mildest maritime areas of Britain[182, 200]. Any pruning is best carried out in spring[188].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse[200]. Sow stored seed in a greenhouse in early spring[188]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half ripe wood, August in a frame[200].

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Conservation Status
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