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Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: A.C.Smith; Sargentia Vol VII, 1947
Kadsura coccinea is a Evergreen Climber
It has edible and medicinal uses.
E. Asia - China.
Forests at elevations of 1500 - 2000 metres in Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. It might be no more than a synonym of Schisandra chinensis. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a sheltered position in a moderately fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil200]. Prefers a position in semi-shade[
Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[
]. Plants do not really require pruning[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.
Fruit - raw or cooked. The red to dark purple fruit is 6 - 10 cm in diameter, or sometimes larger[
The roasted fruit is a sedative[
The seed is aphrodisiac, pectoral and tonic[
Seed - best sown when it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer and give some protection for their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame. Overwinter in the greenhouse and plant out in late spring[
]. Good percentage[
Layering of long shoots in the autumn[