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Lonicera gracilipes is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Japan.
Forests and clearings all over Japan.
Grows best in a good moist soil in a sunny position, it does not fruit so well in the shade[
Fruit - raw[
]. It should be eaten with caution because is possibly cathartic and emetic[
]. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[
] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, mid summer in a frame. Good percentage[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, late autumn in a cold frame. Good percentage[
Layering in autumn[