JAPANESE KADSURA

FAMILY: Schisandraceae | GENUS: KADSURA japonica

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Vines / Ground Covers
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

This elegant twining vine from Japan and Korea is seldom seen in Southern gardens, but discriminat- ing gardeners may wish to track it down. It reaches 1215 feet and does so in well-behaved fashionit won't strangle nearby trees or shrubs. Handsome, glossy, dark green leaves are oval and pointed, 24 inches long and 12 inches wide. Small, yellowish white flowers bloom from summer to autumn; these are followed by pretty red berries to 1 inches across on female plants. Vines of both sexes must be present for fruit to be produced. Needs fertile, well-drained soil. Easy to propagate from cuttings. 'Alba' has white fruit. 'Chirimen' has leaves marbled with creamy white; 'Fukurin' offers striking foliage edged in cream and yellow.

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