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