Aleurites cordatus (Thunb.) R.Br. ex Steud.
Aleurites japonicus Blume
Aleurites vernicifluus Baill.
Camerium cordatum (Thunb.) Kuntze
Dryandra cordata Thunb.
Dryandra verrucosa Royle
Elaeococca cordata (Thunb.) A.Juss.
Elaeococca vernicia A.Juss. ex Spreng.
Elaeococca verrucosa A.Juss. ex Spreng.
Common Name: Japan Wood-Oil Tree
The flowers, having fallen from the tree, floating downstream
Photograph by: Nobuya Fukuda
Vernicia cordata is a semi-evergreen tree that can grow 20 metres or more tall. The bole can be 60cm in diameter, and free of branches for up to 15 metres[
The tree yields a valuable oil that is often traded. It is cultivated for this oil in some areas of Asia and also in Somalia[
The oil from the seed is poisonous[
E. Asia - southern Japan, but widely cultivated in eastern Asia and parts of Africa.
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Vernicia cordata comes from southern Japan, where it experiences mild winters with fairly light frosts. It can be grown outdoors in temperate areas with hot summers and mild winters, it is also grown in subtropical areas and at higher elevations in the tropics.
Easily grown in a loamy soil[
]. Requires a lime-free soil[
A drying oil obtained from the seed is used for waterproofing fabrics, treating woodwork, lighting, soap making, paints, varnish etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out
Cuttings of mature wood in a frame[
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