Also known as Fleece Flower, Fleece Vine, China Fleece Vine, Silver Fleece Vine, Russian Vine. Polygonum (Fallopia) aubertii. 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.
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.
A strong twiner, and in fact one of the most vigorous climbers. Grows up to 8 metres per year. Stem development is considerable, hence overgrowing of downpipes, lightning conductors etc must be avoided, similar as for the Wisteria. Dense foliage mats, often cascading or trailing. New shoots from March / April, then, with good water provision and in a protected position, foliage will last until November.
Flower and Fruit
From July until September continuously, with delicate panicles. Fruit 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 Heavy or Massive systems, in case of pot plants Easy or Medium systems will be adequate.
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.