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Ternstroemia japonica is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 3.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
E. Asia - China, Japan and the Himalayas where it grows at elevations of 1,200 - 1,500 metres.
Forests and thickets at elevations of 200 - 2800 metres in southern and western China[
Requires a lime-free soil and a sheltered position[
]. Succeeds in a fertile humus-rich well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in part shade[
]. Succeeds in north-facing sites[
Generally considered to be a tender shrub, but it tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c if the wood has been well-ripened[
] and succeeds outdoors in the mildest maritime areas of Britain[
Any pruning is best carried out in spring[
The root and the stem bark are astringent[
]. They are used in the treatment of dysentery[
The leaves are used in the treatment of malaria[
Used as a screening or hedging plant[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse[
]. Sow stored seed in a greenhouse in early spring[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer.
Cuttings of half ripe wood, August in a frame[