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Kadsura japonica - (L.)Dunal.

Common Name
Family Schisandraceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Climbs trees in woodlands[58]. Forests and slopes at elevaions of 500 - 2000 metres in Fujian and Taiwan Provinces, China[266].
Range E. Asia - southern China, central and southern Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Kadsura japonica


Kadsura japonica

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Kadsura japonica is an evergreen Climber growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to September. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). . The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[177]. The fruit is up to 6mm long[219].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidiarrhoeal  Stomachic  Tonic

A decoction of the dried fruits is bechic, stomachic and tonic[218].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any fertile garden soil[182]. Requires a sheltered position in a moderately fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil[200]. Prefers a position in semi-shade[219]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it succeeds when grown against a sunny wall in the milder areas of the country[182]. The flowers emit a soft sweet perfume[245]. Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[219]. Plants do not really require pruning[219]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if fruit and seed is required[182].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown when it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. 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[11, 78]. Good percentage[78]. Layering of long shoots in the autumn[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Kadsura coccinea Climber0.0 -  LMHSNM21 
Kadsura heteroclita Climber10.0 -  LMHSNM20 
Kadsura longepedunculata Climber3.5 -  LMHSNM22 
Kadsura oblongifolia Climber0.0 -  LMHSNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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