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Sinofrenchetia chinensis

Sinofranchetia chinensis is a vigorous, hardy, deciduous Climber growing to 15 m.
 It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) The plant is not self-fertile, I have seen several reports that in fact female plants do bear fruit without a mate, and indeed my plant fruits yet is on its own.

The stems and leaf undersides are white and the plant will grow happily in most soils and in quite a lot of shade. The fruit is purple in colour and edible. Its natural range is from Eastern asia through to western and central China

Sinofranchetia chinensis

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This picture of ours as a young plant hardly does it justice

Sinofrachetia chinensis fruit