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Common Name: Japanese Storax
Styrax japonica is a Deciduous Tree up to 8.00 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Thickets and thin woods in mountains and hills all over Japan[
Requires a light lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade[
]. 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[
]. Prefers a warm sheltered position with protection from the morning sun[
Dormant plants are hardy to about -15Â°c[
] but the young growth is liable to be damaged by late frosts[
A very ornamental plant[
] but it is slow to establish itself and is slow growing[
]. There are some named varieties[
]. The sub-species S. japonica fargesii is stronger growing in Britain[
The flowers have an exquisite scent[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit is about 14mm in diameter[
The fruits are used as beads in rosaries etc[
An oil is obtained from the seed[
]. No further details are given.
Wood - fine-grained. Used to make umbrella handles[
Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. Stored seed requires 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification[
]. 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, mid summer in a frame[
Layering in autumn.