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Styrax japonica - Siebold.&Zucc.

Common Name Japanese Storax
Family Styracaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Thickets and thin woods in mountains and hills all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Styrax japonica Japanese Storax


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Styrax japonica is a deciduous Tree growing to 8 m (26ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

S. serrulata. non Roxb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Fruit - raw[105, 177]. The fruit is about 14mm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Beads;  Oil;  Wood.

The fruits are used as beads in rosaries etc[182]. An oil is obtained from the seed[46, 61]. No further details are given. Wood - fine-grained. Used to make umbrella handles[46, 61].

Cultivation details

Requires a light lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade[11, 200]. If planted out when young into a planting hole that has been filled with a light lime-free soil the plants will successfully grow into the surrounding soil[11]. Prefers a warm sheltered position with protection from the morning sun[11]. Dormant plants are hardy to about -15°c[200] but the young growth is liable to be damaged by late frosts[11]. A very ornamental plant[1] but it is slow to establish itself and is slow growing[200]. There are some named varieties[182]. The sub-species S. japonica fargesii is stronger growing in Britain[182]. The flowers have an exquisite scent[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

Propagation

Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[11]. Stored seed requires 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification[113]. Germination is usually good, prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Overwinter in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Layering in autumn.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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1158200

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