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PlantFiles: Wu Wei Zi, Chinese Magnolia Vine
Schisandra chinensis

Family: Schisandraceae
Genus: Schisandra (skiz-AN-dra) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Kadsura chinensis
Synonym:Maximowiczia chinensis

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

29 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mapman On Aug 15, 2014, mapman from Johnson City, NY wrote:

Binghamton, NY here. I have mine in a very shady spot on the north side of a fence under a butternut tree -- so shady that I only have to mow there twice a summer. It is only in its 3rd year and is producing 10 clusters of berries that are just now completely red, but not quite ripe. I'm wondering if the birds and squirrels will eat them all before they are ripe; so far they have ignored them. I am thinking of planting them around my back porch.

Positive Queenbilen On May 31, 2008, Queenbilen from West Chester, PA wrote:

Plant is great covering a fence in dense shade. It has insignificant white flowers, followed by beautiful panicles of red-orange berries in the fall. The vine is agressive and can grow 3-25 feet a year! The berries are used medicinally and as a food. (Not your grandmother's blueberries to my palate.)


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

Yulee, Florida
Helena, Montana
Johnson City, New York
Millbrook, New York
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas

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