Schisandra chinensis (Schisandra , Chinese Magnolia Vine)
Chinese Magnolia Vine, Schisandra chinensis, Seeds
Schisandra chinensis is a deciduous, ornamental, woody, twining vine that produces edible fruit and is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. Commonly known as the Chinese Magnolia Vine, it is one of the most ornamental edible vines you could ever wish to grow. Scratch the bark and an intense, clean fragrance that's a combination of Daphne odora and lime peel will greet your nose. The leaves along the stem are solid green, grouped in threes and slightly heart shaped. The spring flowers are small and sweetly fragrant and are followed by dense grape-like clusters of shiny brilliant red berries ripening in late summer.It is very fast growing and can grow up to 25 feet in a single season. The species itself is dioecious, thus flowers on a female plant will only produce fruit when fertilized with pollen from a male plant.
Known as Wu We Zi, translates to 'five flavor fruit' for the sweet, salty, sour, hot and bitter combined flavors of the little red morsels which are much loved by wildlife.
Schisandra chinensis berries are one of the 50 essential ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. Fresh Schisandra berries are much better tasting than the dried fruit, although both fresh and dried fruit are packed with nutrition. That said, the fresh berries are an acquired taste.
In Korean the berries are known as omija (hangul: 오미자) and the tea made from the berries is called omija cha (hangul: 오미자 차).
In Japanese, they are called gomishi (Japanese: ゴミシ). The Ainu people used this plant, called repnihat, as a remedy for colds and sea-sickness.
Botanical Name : Schisandra chinensis
Common Name : Schisandra , Chinese Magnolia Vine
Height : 20-35 ft
Spread : 15-20 ft
Germination Info : 30-60 days cold moist stratification recommended
Hardiness zone : 4-10
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 900