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PlantFiles: Chinese Magnolia Vine
Schisandra rubriflora

Family: Schisandraceae
Genus: Schisandra (skiz-AN-dra) (Info)
Species: rubriflora

39 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From hardwood heel cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive HydroPinke On Jun 27, 2011, HydroPinke from Burien, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I inherited this vine when we purchased our home in dec 2010. It sure is beautiful and not very finicky. Took quite a while to identify, not very common. The old growth on the plant and the newly emerging leaves resemble a climbing hydrangea. It flowers profusely, mine didn't seem to set berries. Possibly because I only have one and I need a pollinator. It receives morning sun through early afternoon, but the roots are in the shade after about 11. I am attempting to root some cuttings from some tip cuttings, I'll see how that goes.

Positive Erik_Spencer On Jun 6, 2011, Erik_Spencer from Gold Bar, WA wrote:

this plant grows very well in the NW in light/dappled shade. I planted two of these in 2006 among large vine maples and they have spread through the canopy (20 ft up). Soil is lightly acidic (cedar and fir grew here years ago).The intense red flowers are small, but profuse, and appear in early spring (that is may/june in the NW) leaves are dark green. These vines appear delicate when small- don't be fooled. The plants send up quiet a few new vines each year, which are easily transplanted or yanked.while they do run, the vine does not seems to be a profuse sower of seeds - as I have yet to find an unattached baby in my yard. the berries last through fall, and are attractive - the berries are said to be high in caffeine.
I like this plant becasue it handles the shade, is not finiky, grows quickly, adds a bit of color, and the birds seems to like them.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Milford, Connecticut
Austin, Texas
Five Corners, Washington
Gold Bar, Washington

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