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Climber Wall Shrub

Kadsura coccinea

crimson kadsura

A twining evergreen climber with pointed, oval, mid-green leaves. Male and female flowers are carried on separate plants and may be white, red, pale green or a combination, with a large central boss composed of very short stamens or styles. On fertilised female plants this develops into an edible, red fruit up to 10cm across, made up of many wedge-shaped segments

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Red White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Schisandraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Kadsura are dioecious, evergreen climbing shrubs with twining stems, simple glossy leaves and solitary cup-shaped flowers followed by fleshy, blackberry-like fruits

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
Himalaya, China, Indochina

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a warm, sheltered position in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or by taking semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Sub-tropical
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 12, in winter

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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