Herb latin name: Neolitsea sericea

Synonyms: Laurus sericea, Litsea glauca, Neolitsea glauca

Family: Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Edible parts of Neolitsea sericea:

An edible oil is obtained from the seed.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

to October


Habitat of the herb:

Ravines, thickets and woodland from 300 - 1300 metres in W. China.

Other uses of Neolitsea sericea:

The oil obtained from the seed is also used in soap making and for burning.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible 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. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature basal hardwood of the previous seasons growth, mid to late winter in a frame.

Cultivation of Neolitsea sericea:

Ravines, thickets and woodland from 300 - 1300 metres in W. China.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Neolitsea sericea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.