Schisandra chinensis, commonly called magnolia vine for its flowers, is native to China and Russia where it has a long history of use as a food and medicine. Known as Wu Wei Zi (five flavor fruit), the entire Schisandra chinensis plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is said to contain the five flavors of bitter, salty, sour, spicy and sweet. Schisandra chinensis plants have a pleasant and spicy fragrance throughout their glossy leaves and ruddy stems. Snowy flowers develop in spring and are followed by drooping clusters of globular red schisandra berries which are edible and have a unique and distinctive flavor. Schisandra chinensis plants prefer growing in partial shade and well-drained soil, with adequate water during the growing season. They are deciduous and are reported to be hardy to sub-zero temperatures once established. While most species of Schisandra chinensis plants require a male and a female plant for pollination, these plants are of the self-fertile Eastern Prince variety developed at the Vavilov Institute in Vladivostok.