Schisandra Chinensis - Five Flavor Berry ( Wu Wei Zi )
Schisandra Chinensis is a woody vine native to forests in northern China and eastern Russia.
Cultivation requirements are thought to be similar to those of grapes. Plants require conditions of moderate humidity and light, together with a wet, humus-rich soil. It can climb to around 9 meters given enough climbing space.
Flowering from April to May, the fruits ripen from August to October.
Berries are used for the commercial manufacture of juices, wines, extracts and sweets, and is known locally as the 5 flavour berry.
Its berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They are most often used in dried form, and boiled to make a tea.
The plant likes some shade with moist, well-drained soil.
Fully hardy to -15°C and under.