Beautiful shrub or smaller tree, has an attractive vase-shaped form and very large flower heads of creamy-white bracts in early summer, followed by strawberry-like fruits. Red berries are edible, sweet, and are often used processed. Then in autumn, the glossy, oval dark green leaves turn bright red-purple. Can be lightly pruned back into shape in winter. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy), and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral, and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Soak seeds for 24 hours in water which starts off hand hot. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of moist, peat-based seed compost, lightly cover with compost, and seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 20C for 16 weeks, then place the container(s) in the fridge for a further 8 weeks. Then, return to 20C and germination should take place. Throughout this process check regularly and ensure the compost does not dry out. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
Alternatively, sow as above, seal in a polythene bag and place in a cold frame or sheltered part of the garden and let nature take its course as the season’s change.