The leaves contain a glycoside
. We are not sure if this means that it is poisonous[K].
Young shoots - cooked. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails
. The leaves contain a glycoside
, see the notes above on toxicity.
Tolerant of clipping, the plant can be grown as a formal hedge especially in areas cooler than its native range where it only develops into a shrub or small tree
There are no material uses listed for Xylosma japonica.
The ashes of the stem bark are mixed with water and used to treat jaundice scrofula, sores, tumours etc
. They are also used to speed parturition
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in 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, July/August in a frame
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Succeeds in full sun or light shade in most well-drained soils
. Tolerant of poor rocky soils
. Judging by the plants native habitat in Japan, it probably tolerates maritime exposure[K].
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c
. Even in the milder areas of the country it usually only makes a small tree or shrub
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Xylosma japonica. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Xylosma japonica.
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
Native Climate Zones
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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