This species is closely related to Alangium chinense[
Alangium macrophyllum (Siebold & Zucc.) Harms
Karangolum platanifolium (Siebold & Zucc.) Kuntze
Marlea macrophylla Siebold & Zucc.
Marlea platanifolia Siebold & Zucc.
Photograph by: A. Barra
Alangium platanifolium is a deciduous shrub with erect, zig-zagged but not much branched stems; it can grow around 3 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use for food, medicine and as an insecticide.
E. Asia - Russian Far East (Primorye), China, Japan, Korea.
Woodland thickets, 1,200 - 2,100 metres in W. China[
]. Woods in mountains, loose and fertilized soils at elevations below 2,000 metres[
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A plant mainly of the warm temperate to subtropical zones, succeeding at higher elevations in the tropics. It has soft, pithy stems and these are often cut back by frosts in colder areas. Hot summers are likely to ripen the wood more fully and make the plant less susceptable to frost damage[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[
]. Requires full sun and a sheltered position[
Young leaves - cooked[
The root is used in the treatment of rheumatism and other bone diseases[
The leaves and the bark of the root are used as an insecticide[
]. The leaves and stem bark according to another report[
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When 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 in early summer and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in sand in a frame[