Native Region: China
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining humus rich acidic soils
Harvest Date: Friday 02 November, 2012
Seed count: 15-20
Fine gracile sinuous branching from this multi-stemmed beauty. Early spring blossoms of dense fragrant yellow flower clusters bring joy to the eye and to the nectar seekers. Followed by glossy narrow blue-green leaves with a silver reverse...very nice flashing in a breeze. In fall, large clusters of perfumed berries ripen from green to red to black, while the leaves become brilliant scarlets, oranges and pinks. Leaves can persist into early winter for colour. Grows to 3 meters in height with equal spread.
Gendered species. Sweetly fragrant roots and spicy leaves. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Cold moist stored seed. Great success germinating these in the very first try. Continue its 4 month cold stratification cycle (began upon collection in late October) and provide gentle warmth (20C) to germinate. I did these using the baggie method and transplanted as they sprouted into a 3 gallon nursery pot in a unheated greenhouse with lots of bright indirect light. Grew suprisingly fast....two year old plants can reach 1 metre in height...in the nursery pot! Sow thinly.