Herb latin name: Celtis sinensis

Synonyms: Celtis japonica

Family: Ulmaceae (Elm Family)

Medicinal use of Celtis sinensis:

The root bark is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, poor appetite, shortness of breath and swollen feet.

Description of the plant:


10 m
(33 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Lowland and hills all over Japan.

Edible parts of Celtis sinensis:

Fruit - raw. We have no further information, but the fruit is liable to consist of a thin, sweet, though dry and mealy flesh around a large seed. Leaves - cooked. The leaves are used as a tea substitute.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed is best given 2 - 3 months cold stratification and then sown February/March in a greenhouse. Germination rates are usually good, though the stored seed might take 12 months or more to germinate. The seed can be stored for up to 5 years. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. The leaves of seedlings often have a lot of white patches without chlorophyll, this is normal and older plants produce normal green leaves. Grow the seedlings on in a cold frame for their first winter, and plant them out in the following late spring or early summer. Give them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings

Cultivation of Celtis sinensis:

Lowland and hills all over Japan.

Known hazards of Celtis sinensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.