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Thrives in almost any soil, including chalk, and is particularly suited to dry shaded areas. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a well-drained loamy soil. Thrives in sunny positions and in deep shade, though it does not fruit so well in the shade. Plants are hardy to about -18°c. A shrubby somewhat creeping plant that can also climb by means of aerial roots, if placed by a support, a wall, tree or fence, the plant will start to climb it and will be self-attaching to a large degree. Plants do not normally require pruning. Plants have two forms of growth, a juvenile form and a mature form when the plants come into flower. Plants in Britain often retain the juvenile form and never flower. A polymorphic species, there are a number of named varieties selected for their ornamental value.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 8 - 12 weeks warm followed by 8 - 16 weeks cold stratification and can then be sown in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy.
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Woods and thickets in low mountains all over Japan.
Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, a number of plants in this genus are suspected of being poisonous and so some caution is advised.
A good evergreen ground cover plant. The sub species E. fortunei radicans and E. fortunei carrieri are particularly useful, other forms to use include 'Emerald and Gold', 'Emerald Gaiety', 'Coloratus', 'Dart's Carpet' and 'Kewensis. Plants can be grown as a low hedge, the varieties 'Emerald and Gold' and 'Variegatus' are normally used. They are very tolerant of clipping.
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