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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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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.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 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: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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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].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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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].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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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].

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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

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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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