|Orixa japonica, a
deciduous dioecious shrub with gray-white or gray-brown barks, is
found in thickets or riverside forests and significantly grows to
1-5m in height. Leave are in a unique alternate arrangement called 'origxate
phyllotaxis'; leaves attach alternately two each on either side.
Blades measuring 5-12cm long, 3-7cm wide, in the shape of an obovate-like
long-oblong or rhombus-like oval, with tips pointed, bases cuneate,
and margins entire or shallow serrations. Flowers, light
yellow-green, small, set themselves on axils on previous year's
branches. Bloom time: April-May.