One can only surmise that the description of Neoshirakia japonica in the Flora of China as “a treelet to 8 metres tall” refers to its diminished stature as a tree. The description from the collecting team in Japan of the parent tree is “a deciduous shrub 8m x 10m.” There are a group of young N. japonica near the west boundary exhibiting deep red autumn colour. The ovate leaves deep vibrant colours. Slow to establish yet worthwhile planting where this colour is appreciated.

Neoshirakia japonica

Neoshirakia japonica

RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Accession Number:20052173
Scientific Name:Neoshirakia japonica (Sieb. & Zucc.) Esser
Family:Euphorbiaceae
Genus:Neoshirakia
Epithet:japonica
Collector:RBGE, Quarryhill B.G., Polly Hill B.G., & Howick Arb. - Japan (2005)
Year:2005
Origin:Japan:Gifu:Ochiai, Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Pref., Japan.
Elevation:660m
Plant:20052173H
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YY0
Plant:20052173B
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YF7/272
Plant:20052173I
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
Plant:20052173K
Location:/Living Collections/Logan/Z32
Plant:20052173F
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
Plant:20052173G
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS4/1245
Plant:20052173A
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YF7/234
Plant:20052173L
Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/B01
Plant:20052173J
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
Plant:20052173C
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS3/480
Plant:20052173E
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YF7/277
Plant:20052173D
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
 Location: 35.498000,137.561111