Hello! My name in Jon. I live in Roanoke Virginia which is USDA zone 7b. I am very interested in Growing schisandra on the West side of my house. I am mostly concerned about the amount of sun they will get. during most of the year, they will get at the max 2 hours of afternoon sun. what are your recommendations? Should I choose another type of plant? My goal is to grow a usable (edible or medicinal) vining plant on a trellis that will be tall enough to cover up a bare side of my house. I like schisandra and was excited to see that it grows well in part shade and in my zone. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! Jon
It does seem like a good spot for them! This article will give you more information about their needs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/schisandra/schisandra-magnolia-vines.htm
I would be able to provide shade, and constant watering.
Yes, I believe you would be able to grow this vine. It grows in zones 4-9, and you are in zone 8b. It is evergreen, needs a structure onto which to climb, likes morning sun, but afternoon shade. Likes moist, but not soggy soil. I have read that you need both a male and a female vine in order to produce fruit, but not all agree. Also, many say that the fruit tastes medicinal. Tie the vines to the structure, untying and retying as necessary to train them into the desired shape. If you have a grub problem, I strongly encourage you to add a grub preventative to the soil when you plant, and cover the soil with gravel. Plant in the spring. Good luck.