Herb latin name: Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus

Synonyms: Euonymus hians, Euonymus nikoensis, Euonymus semiexsertus, Euonymus sieboldianus, Euonymus vidalii, Euonymus yedoensis

Family: Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Edible parts of Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus:

Young leaves - they must be well boiled.This report should be treated with some caution since many members of this genus are poisonous.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Mountains and hills throughout Japan.

Other uses of Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus:

Roots and stem yield gutta-percha, a non elastic rubber used as an electrical insulator and in making plastics etc. Wood - heavy, hard, close-grained. Used for mosaic, printing blocks etc.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification so should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. The seed can take 18 months to germinate. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, taken at a node, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Root cuttings in winter.

Cultivation of Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus:

Mountains and hills throughout Japan.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus:

Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, a number of plants in this genus are suspected of being poisonous and so some caution is advised.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.