Eastern Prince ™ Magnolia Vine
(Schizandra chinensis) This lovely fruiting vine comes to us from the mountains of China and the Russian far east. It does well in moist shady places where few fruit plants thrive but it will also grow in full sun. It produces large clusters of round red fruit. The leaves have a lemon scent. The fruit is acidic and very aromatic. They are dried and used in medicinal teas. Or, sweetened, the fruits are used to make a juice or preserves that is said to be stimulating and energy restoring. Grow on a trellis, arbor or similar structure. The fragrant white flowers are self-fertile and fruits should begin to appear in about three years. USDA Zones 4-8.