Magnolia Vine - Gomishi - Five-Flavor-Fruit
One of the healthiest fruits equivalent to ginseng with adaptogen like properties for increasing mental and physical stamina. Tested extensively in Russia and considered important enough to be included with many types of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Seed extracts used as well. Fruits are produced on female plants in long clusters which ripen in the fall. In China, the young leaves are boiled and eaten as a vegetable. Fruit makes a ‘sweetish’ tart drink rich in antioxidants and compounds that improve and protect your liver. Often grown from cuttings as only the female plants produce fruit. We offer seed grown plants from selections grown in China - a 50-50 mix of male and female plants. Plants grow rapidly, yielding fruit on female plants in 3-5 years. Like grapes, use a strong fence or trellis system. Shade-tolerant, said to be productive as a woodland vine or for arbors. Clean foliage with few if any insect or disease problems. Height depends on method of growing but said to grow to 100' in the wild.
Currently in production for fall of 2018 starting in September.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Schisandra chinensisSeed Source:
Male and female are usually on separate plants.Soil:
Sandy loam or sand.Climate:
Zone 4ish-9. Unknown on exact cold hardiness but some selections grow into zone 3.Ease of Cultivation:
Best grown for its healthy juice. Once rooted this plant grows very quickly. We have had people fruit them in 4 years from seed. Normally only female plants are produced. The number of cultivars available is small and has not really been grown much.