Native Region: Northern China to Korea
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Cool to warm temperate
Harvest Date: Tuesday 31 October, 2017
Seed count: 20-25
This small to medium sized tree covers itself in pink blooms in the spring, which at 1.5cm (3/4 of an inch) are large for the genus. The rich red berries persist well into the winter, providing a feast for the eyes, and later for the birds.
Sow seeds in a container in a coldframe and maintain light even moisture for up to 18 months. Seed is difficult to germinate. Gibberellic acid treatment will greatly enhance germination rates. Allow some exposure to the cold, but it's probably safest to offer protection from temperatures below -5°C (25°F). Grow on in any good garden soil. Offer some protection from drying winter winds or extreme dry conditions in the summer. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.