Epigaea asiatica is a evergreen shrub found in areas such as E. Asia - C. and N. Japan. A member of the Ericaceae family, Epigaea asiatica Maxim does not go by a known (to us) common name. The shrub can grow to a height of 0.1 meters and up to 0.5 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Open woods in the mountains[58]. In forest margins at elevations of 100 - 1700 metres[275]., with LM soil and FS moisture levels. .

The plant is a zone 4 hardy plant that has no known (to us) medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of the plant is 0.

Epigaea asiatica is 1 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 4 - 5.

The plant has an edibility rating of 1Fruit[58, 105, 177]. No more details are given. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter[200].

Cultivation tips: Requires an open lime-free humus-rich soil and shade from direct sunlight[11, 200], succeeding also in deep shade[182]. Grows well in the shade of rhododendrons and other calcifuge shrubs[245]. A difficult plant to grow in cultivation[200], though it is easier than E. repens[182]. The flower buds require a period of chilling to about 2°c before they will open[200]. The flowers are sweetly scented[245]. They are produced in terminal racemes on the previous year's shoots[275].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a cold frame[200]. Another report says that the seed requires no pre-treatment
and can be sown in late winter in a cold frame[113]. Surface sow and place the pot in light shade, do not allow it to dry out[113]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 5 weeks[113]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, pot up the seedlings into individual pots. Be very careful since they strongly resent root disturbance. Grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse and plant them out in their permanent positions in the late spring of their second years growth. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].Take the cutting with a part of the previous year's growth[113]. (This report is unclear as to whether it means a heel of older wood or just a small section of older wood[K]) Plants self-layer and can be divided in the spring but this must be done with great care since they deeply resent root disturbance[200].

Fruit[58, 105, 177]. No more details are given. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter[200].