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Sinofranchetia chinensis - (Franch.)Hemsl.

Common Name
Family Lardizabalaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodland, 1500 - 2800 metres[109]. Dense forests along valleys, forest margins and among shrubs[266].
Range E. Asia - C. and W. China.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sinofranchetia chinensis


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Sinofranchetia chinensis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sinofranchetia chinensis is a deciduous Climber growing to 15 m (49ft 3in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in October. 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. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) 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[105, 177]. Insipid[109]. The size of a grape[182]. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil in sun or shade[1, 200]. Prefers semi-shade[188, 219]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. A fast growing climbing plant[200], supporting itself by twining around other plants etc[219]. Any pruning is best carried out after the plant has finished flowering[219]. Dioecious, but female plants can produce fruits in the absence of male plants[11, 200]. The report does not say if this fruit contains viable seed, so it is best to assume that male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[K].

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Propagation

Seed - can be sown as soon as it is ripe or in late winter in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Layering of new shoots in summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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Readers comment

Dithmar Guillaume   Tue Sep 16 2008

I find the plant to be monoicious, I have only one specimen and it fruits without another plant nearby. This also goes for stauntonia (I can clearly distinguish male and female flowers on the same panicle)and decaisnea

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