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Sapium japonicum - (Siebold.&Zucc.)Pax.&K.Hoffm.

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Family Euphorbiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The sap is poisonous[200].
Habitats Thin woods in the lowlands and mountains of C. and S. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Sapium japonicum


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sapium japonicum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower in June. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Exceocaria japonica. Stillingia japonica.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in any well-drained fertile soil[200]. Requires the protection of a south or south-west facing wall when grown in areas at the limits of its hardiness[200]. Although not very hardy outdoors in Britain, the plant tolerates several degrees of frost and so can be grown against a sunny wall in favoured parts of the country[200]. A specimen seen growing outdoors at Hilliers Arboretum in Hampshire, but in the shade of other trees, was carrying a heavy crop of unripe seeds in September 1994[K].

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Propagation

Seed - do not cold stratify the seed since this can lead to secondary dormancy. Sown in April in a warm greenhouse, it usually germinates within 4 weeks[113]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Overwinter in a greenhouse for at least their first 2 winters and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

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Conservation Status

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Sapium sebiferumVegetable Tallow, Chinese tallow, Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow TreeTree9.0 8-11 FLMHNM224

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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