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 quickly. 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. >>> Price
Also known as: Fleece Flower, Fleece Vine, China Fleece Vine, Silver Fleece Vine, Russian Vine. Polygonum (Fallopia) aubertii
Happy in a sunny, semi-shaded or shaded location. Is not very fussy in terms of soil, but moist and nutrient-rich soil will encourage growth and longer lasting foliage in autumn. Distance between plants: 4 - 8 metres when planted in the ground. >>> Price
This is a strong twiner-- in fact one of the most vigorous climbers-- and can grow up to 20 meters high... up to 8 meters per year, forming dense leaf mats with overhanging/cascading or trailing shoots. As stem development is considerable, overgrowth on downpipes, lightning conductors, etc.. must be avoided at all costs, similar to the wisteria. The trunk quickly becomes very thick. In mixed plantings (planted together with other climbers), it will quickly and strongly displace other plants. New shoots from March / April. With enough water and mild weather (and/or 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 should be planted only in areas which provide adequate space for its vigorous growth habit.
Silver lace vine needs sturdy and rigid rod-like growth supports designed for the anticipated plant height and width. Lightning conductors, downpipes, eave gutters, and the like should not be reached by the plants, so growth supports should have a distance of at least 1.5m to all such building structures-- to the side as well as to the top. For suitable rope systems, see below. Use only heavy / massive trellis systems, or when planting in a pot: basic and basic-s, or a medium system.
Details on flowers, stems (shoots), pruning, and also on possible structural damage. For preventing damages, silver lace vine should be guided parallel to wire ropes, as described for wisteria.