Japan Wood-Oil Tree
Herb: Japan Wood-Oil Tree
Latin name: Aleurites cordata
Synonyms: Dryandra cordata, Vernicia cordata, Vernicia montana
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Japan Wood-Oil Tree:Rocky places to 1000 metres in W. China. Montane sparse forests below 1550 metres.
Other uses of the herb:A drying oil obtained from the seed is used for treating woodwork, for lighting, soap making, varnish etc.
Propagation of Japan Wood-Oil Tree:Seed - sow March/April in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer and give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of mature wood in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocky places to 1000 metres in W. China. Montane sparse forests below 1550 metres.
Medicinal use of Japan Wood-Oil Tree:None known
Known hazards of Aleurites cordata:The oil from the seed is poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.