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Kadsura japonica is a Evergreen Climber up to 3.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - southern China, central and southern Japan.
Climbs trees in woodlands[
]. Forests and slopes at elevaions of 500 - 2000 metres in Fujian and Taiwan Provinces, China[
Succeeds in any fertile garden soil[
]. Requires a sheltered position in a moderately fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil[
]. Prefers a position in semi-shade[
This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it succeeds when grown against a sunny wall in the milder areas of the country[
The flowers emit a soft sweet perfume[
Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[
]. Plants do not really require pruning[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if fruit and seed is required[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The fruit is up to 6mm long[
A decoction of the dried fruits is bechic, stomachic 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[