Herb latin name: Eurya japonica
Synonyms: Eurya ceylanica, Eurya pusilla
Family: Theaceae (Tea Family)
Edible parts of Eurya japonica:The leaves are used as a tea substitute or to adulterate China tea.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Hill forests in the E. Himalayas, 900 - 1800 metres. Thickets in mountain slopes or valleys at elevations of 300 - 2500 metres in southern China.
Other uses of Eurya japonica:Wood - soft, close grained. Used mainly as a fuel.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or sow in early spring in a greenhouse. 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, 6 - 8cm with a slight heel, July/August in individual pots in a frame. High percentage.
Cultivation of Eurya japonica:Hill forests in the E. Himalayas, 900 - 1800 metres. Thickets in mountain slopes or valleys at elevations of 300 - 2500 metres in southern China.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Eurya japonica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.