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Characteristics: Shrub 1 m spread 1 m
Seeds per packets: 20
A small upright shrub with dark green, serrated attractive glossy leaves and white or pink flowers that rather inconspicuous.
The flowers are followed by berries which hang in clusters that are quite showy as they ripen and turn to shades of coral and finally bright scarlet.
The berries are long lasting and usually persist throughout the winter.
Native to Malaysia and China.
Prefers a rich moist well-drained soil in a protected partially shaded position, it is drought and frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed best scarified by pre-treating with hot water first.
Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.