Herb: Japanese Storax
Latin name: Styrax japonica
Family: Styracaceae (Storax Family)
Edible parts of Japanese Storax:Fruit - raw. The fruit is about 14mm in diameter.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Thickets and thin woods in mountains and hills all over Japan.
Other uses of Japanese Storax:The fruits are used as beads in rosaries etc. An oil is obtained from the seed. No further details are given. Wood - fine-grained. Used to make umbrella handles.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed requires 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification. Germination is usually good, prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Overwinter in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Layering in autumn.
Cultivation of Japanese Storax:Thickets and thin woods in mountains and hills all over Japan.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Styrax japonica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.