Position – Sun or part shade
Soil – Moist but well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring/Summer
Hardiness – Hardy
Schisandra are deciduous or evergreen twining shrubs. Leaves will alternative upon tall, slender stems with flowers that are produce in small clusters. In female flowers the carpels are densely packed into a head but as they ripen, they lengthen, eventually creating an impressive spike. They are more commonly known as Magnolia Vine. You should expect to see your Schisandra grow to an approximate height and spread of around 3m (10ft).
Schisandra are best planted in a moist but well-drained soil of loam, clay, sand or chalk within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance, depending on the variety. They are best positioned in an area of sun or partial shade, however, will need protection from the most intense sunlight.
RHS Pruning group 12- In early spring after flowering shorten the side-shoots to within 3 to 4 buds of the permanent framework of branches. This will encourage new buds to form and growth will be more compact. Overcrowded, diseased or damaged shoots can also be removed at this time. Give plenty of water as these plants are not very drought tolerant. A layer of mulch can be applied to keep moisture in the soil.
It is possible to propagate Schisandra by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Alternatively, you can propagate by softwood cuttings in early of midsummer or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
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