Also known as Five Flavor Fruit (Wu Wei Zi), the Chinese Magnolia Vine is a shade tolerant vine with small, magnolia-like, fragrant white flowers. The fruiting vine grows to about 20' and produces decorative scarlet berries in 6" long clusters. The pleasantly acidic fruits are eaten fresh, dried, or made into juice and mixed with hardy kiwi fruit. Five Flavor Fruit berries are high in trace elements and vitamin C. Leaves can also be used as a tea and taste similar to green tea with a hint of lemon. Leaves and young stems can also be steamed as a vegetable. High in essentials oils and Schisandrin, which is a chemical compound found in Schisandra chinensis plants. These compounds can be made into a healthful tonic used for allergic skin conditions. Might be self-fruiting but we suggest planting 2 or more for more dependable fruit production. Hardy to Zone 4-9.
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Self-fertile cloned selection. Eastern Prince Chinese Magnolia (Schisandra) vine is vigorous and productive, with large fruit. Shade tolerant deciduous woody vine with small, magnolia-like, fragrant white flowers; tart red fruits are called "five-flavor berry" for their unusal taste.