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Xylosma japonica - (Walp.)A.Gray.

Common Name
Family Flacourtiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The leaves contain a glycoside[179]. We are not sure if this means that it is poisonous[K].
Habitats Near seashores, C. and S. Japan[58]. Woodlands in Korea[109].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Xylosma japonica


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Xylosma japonica

 

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Summary

UPDATE 19/09/2011: Xylosma japonica A. Gray is a synonym of Croton congestus Lour.


Physical Characteristics

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Xylosma japonica is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft 0in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

X. congestum. (Lour.)Merrill. X. racemosum. Miq. Apactis japonica. Croton congestum. Flacourtia japo

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails[179]. The leaves contain a glycoside[179], see the notes above on toxicity.

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Medicinal Uses

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Oxytoxic  Poultice

The ashes of the stem bark are mixed with water and used to treat jaundice scrofula, sores, tumours etc[218]. They are also used to speed parturition[218].

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Tolerant of clipping, the plant can be grown as a formal hedge especially in areas cooler than its native range where it only develops into a shrub or small tree[200].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun or light shade in most well-drained soils[200]. Tolerant of poor rocky soils[200]. Judging by the plants native habitat in Japan, it probably tolerates maritime exposure[K]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Even in the milder areas of the country it usually only makes a small tree or shrub[11].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. 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, July/August in a frame[200].

Other Names

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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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