Herb latin name: Carpinus laxiflora
Synonyms: Carpinus fargesii, Distegocarpus laxiflora
Family: Betulaceae (Birch Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Carpinus laxiflora:Mixed deciduous forests all over Japan.
Other uses of the herb:Wood - close grained, hard. Used for turnery, carving, furniture etc.
Propagation of Carpinus laxiflora:Seed - best sown in an outdoors seedbed as soon as it is ripe. Germination is usually good, though it may take 18 months. If collected whilst still "green" (after the seed is ripe but before it has dried fully on the plant) and sown immediately it should germinate in the following spring. Grow the plants on for two years in the seedbed and then plant them out into their permanent positions in the winter. The average seed viability is around 65%. Pre-treat stored seed with 4 weeks warm and 12 weeks cold stratification and sow in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame until they are at least 15cm tall before planting them into their permanent positions.
Cultivation of the herb:Mixed deciduous forests all over Japan.
Medicinal use of Carpinus laxiflora:None known
Known hazards of Carpinus laxiflora:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.