Herb latin name: Lindera obtusiloba

Synonyms: Benzoin obtusilobum

Family: Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Edible parts of Lindera obtusiloba:

The young buds and leaves are used as a tea substitute. Young leaves are fried and used as a Buddhist ceremonial dish.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

to April

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets and copses.

Other uses of Lindera obtusiloba:

An oil obtained from the plant is used as a hair oil. It is probably obtained from the oil.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July in a frame. Layering.

Cultivation of Lindera obtusiloba:

Thickets and copses.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Lindera obtusiloba:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.