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Silver Lace Vine

The silver lace vine is a popular twining climber due to its extremely vigorous growth habit, which makes it an ideal plant to cover extensive areas fast. It should only be planted in places where enough space is available, or in a pot to restrain its rootstock. Silver Lace Vine needs to be pruned often - especially when it grows tall.

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Also known as Fleece Flower, Fleece Vine, China Fleece Vine, Silver Fleece Vine, Russian Vine. Polygonum (Fallopia) aubertii. 

Flowering Fleece Vine

Requirements / Price

Sunny (full sun) to semi-shaded position, and even in shade. Is not very fussy in terms of soils, but moist and nutrient rich soil will encourage growth and longer lasting foliage in autumn. Distance between plants: 4 to 8 meters when planted in the ground.

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Characteristics and Pruning

A strong twiner, and in fact one of the most vigorous climbers, with hanging shoots. Grows up to 8 metres per year. Stem development is considerable, hence overgrowing of downpipes, lightning conductors etc must be avoided at all costs, similar as for the Wisteria. Dense foliage mats, often cascading or trailing, works well together with other climbers. New shoots from March / April. Wwith good water provision and in a protected position the foliage will last until November. Flowering is continuous from July to September, the fruits are rare. Vigorous pruning towards the end of winter usually benefits the silver lace vine. Silver lace vine is to be planted only in areas which provide adequate space for its vigorous growth habit. If planted together with other climbing plants, it will strongly invade the other climbers and possibly crowd them out.

Climbing Plant Support System

Best sturdy and rigid rod-like growth supports designed for anticipated plant height and width. Lightning conductors, downpipes, eave gutters and the like are not to be reached by the plants, growth supports should have a distance of at least 1.5m to all such building structures and to the gutter, to the side as well as to the top. For suitable rope systems see below, use only Heavy / Massive trellis kits, or "Basic" and "Basic-S" as well as Medium when planted in a container.

Appropriate wire rope systems?

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Silver lace vine on wire trellis, Püchau caste / Saxony
At the back of a cubical multi-storey carpark, which has been embellished with a gable roof and a timber pergola to blend in with the historic district, both overgrown with silver lace vine on wire ropes.
Greenery with silver lace vine
Three vertical greened trellises with Polygonum aubertii

"Wild" Greenery with Silver lace vine

This picture gallery shows examples for unpruned greenings with silver lace vine

Unbelievable but true: a single silver lace vine become such a "monster"
Russian vine conquered a ruined building
Silver lace vine from time to time is considered to be an agressive plant...
This small building is covered completely by Polygonum aubertii
Greened organic food store
Silver lace vine on a small gable
A whiff of sub-culture: silver lace vine overgrowing a pub of the trendy scene
Greenery with silver lace vine, Wagnergasse in Jena / Thüringen
Wagnergasse in Jena / Thüringen
Wild sprawling silver lace vine
Greenery on a holiday mansion
Greened building
Greening of a WBS-70 gable in Germany
Silver lace vine camouflages 2 ventilation ducts. However, overgrowing of the eave gutter must be prevented.
Silver lace vine threatening roof drainage
The typical winter "decoration" on houses, so delightful to many of us, however, is not everybody's "cup of tea..."

"Half-wild" Greenery with Silver Lace Vine

This picture gallery shows examples, where trellises guide silver lace vines and at least keep them from overgrowing eaves and other important parts

Green building, Russian vine
Russian vine on a workshop
Silver lace vine on a house
Silver lace vin on a wire rope system
Greening on a external thermal insulated wall
Silver lace vine on a wooden trellis, budding in spring
Silver lace vine on a building
Another greened building, silver lace vine
Silver lace vine and other climbing plants on an entrance
Green wall with Polygonum
Polygonum aubertii on a house
Silver lace vine on a house
Silver lace vine growing into shade mesh, here an intentional effect.
In this wintry night, the insufficiently pruned sliver lace vine above the street light exudes a rather romantic and "Christmasy" air...
Unpruned silver lace vine on wire mesh system in winter

Well trimmed greenery with silver lace vine

Greenings with silver lace vine can look very neat and tidy when constantly pruned and trained correctly.

Young Silver lace vine on a wire rope system 4020 (heavy construction style)
This is how well pruned and trained Silver lace vine greenings can look like
Well trimmed greenery with Polygonum aubertii
Rigoursly trimmed greening on a house
Green wall, silver lace vine
Polygonum aubertii on a trellis
Well trimmed greenery with Polygonum aubertii
Russian vine on a wall
Well pruned silver lace vine on a wire rope system
Russian vine on a gable

Greening Objects with Silver Lace Vine

Examples on green walls, pergolas, fences, banisters and privacy shields

Good example for the vigorous growth of russian vine on wire rope system 5040, shortly after planting
Same wall as on the previous picture, only 1 year later!
Green wall, Polygonum aubertii, overhanging growth
Overhangig greenery with Silver lace vine
Greened retaining wall
This russian vine conquered a chimney
Green archways
Green porch with polygonum on a rubbish dump
Pergola with silver lace vine
Greening up gates etc. with silver lace vine is no very efficient, due to high maintenance needed, because of the vigorous growth
Russian vine on a pergola
Fire exit stairs with Silver lace vine
Silver lace vine is also suitable for cultivation in pots, here as a visual screen in a street cafe. In pots it grows to much less gigantic proportions than in the ground.

Botanical features

This picture gallery shows flowers, stem, pruning and possible building damages. For preventing damages, this plant should be guided parallel zu wire ropes, as discribed on the "Wisteria"-page.

Flowers of Polygonum, enlarged
These (not always so obvious) knotty thickenings in the old wood give the plant its German common name
Russian vine on a fence before and after pruning
Silver lace vine and other plants after pruning
Silver lace vine even pushes sturdy steel cables off their axis, over-stretching them which can also cause damage to the brackets.

Appropriate Wire Rope Systems for Silver Lace Vine

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