Herb latin name: Euonymus oxyphyllus

Family: Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Medicinal use of Euonymus oxyphyllus:

The plant is used in gynaecological applications.

Description of the plant:


2.5 m
(8 1/4 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Thickets and woods in low mountains all over Japan.

Edible parts of Euonymus oxyphyllus:

Young leaves - boiled. Some caution is advised, see the notes above regarding possible toxicity.

Other uses of the herb:

Wood - hard, elastic, very fine grained. Used for stamps, printing blocks, mosaics etc.

Propagation of Euonymus oxyphyllus:

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, 5 - 7cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy.

Cultivation of the herb:

Thickets and woods in low mountains all over Japan.

Known hazards of Euonymus oxyphyllus:

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.