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Eurya japonica - Thunb.

Common Name
Family Theaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hill forests in the E. Himalayas, 900 - 1800 metres. Thickets in mountain slopes or valleys at elevations of 300 - 2500 metres in southern China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Eurya japonica


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eurya japonica is an evergreen Tree growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

E. ceylanica. Wight. E. pusilla.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The leaves are used as a tea substitute or to adulterate China tea[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fuel;  Wood.

Wood - soft, close grained. Used mainly as a fuel[146].

Cultivation details

Prefers a moderately fertile free-draining moisture retentive soil in sun or part shade with shelter from cold drying winds[200]. Probably best grown in a well-drained lime-free humus-rich soil[182]. Plants grow much taller in the milder areas of Britain[182]. Protect plants from frost when they are young[200]. The dwarf form that is grown in Britain is quite hardy once it is established[11]. The flowers are malodorous[200]. The trees are pollarded in the Himalayas and the leaves used for leaf manure[146]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or sow in early spring in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 8cm with a slight heel, July/August in individual pots in a frame. High percentage[78].

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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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