Gardening

Fallopia Baldschuanica: Adaptable, Vigorous, Produces Fragrant Creamy White Flowers

Fallopia Baldschuanica

Photo Compliments Of KM

Fallopia Baldschuanica, or silver lace vine is a vigorous, adaptable, fast-growing, deciduous, twining vine that can reach a height of 25 to 35 feet (it can grow up to 15 feet in a year). Leaves are ovate (about 3.5 inches in length) that emerge tinged with red, and then mature to a bright green.

Masses of small, fragrant, creamy white flowers in profuse, narrow panicles cover the vine over a long bloom period that lasts from mid-summer to fall. From a distance, this vine is similar in appearance to autumn sweet clematis.

How To Make Your Fallopia Baldschuanica Thrive

Best results are achieved when this plant is grown in well-drained sandy loams with regular moisture in full sun to part shade. It will tolerate some drought and can adapt to a wide range of soil conditions. Plants are less apt to spread invasively in poor, lean soils. Vines need a support structure upon which to grow unless grown as a sprawling ground cover. This is a somewhat weedy vine that spreads quickly by rhizomes.

General Fallopia Baldschuanica Information

Pests And Diseases

There are no serious insect or disease problems. You should be watching for Japanese beetles if your plant is stressed.

Propagation

To propagate or start your own silver lace vine, simply take a 6 to 8 inch cutting from a healthy plant (new growth) and root it in a potting medium.

Pruning

Fallopia baldschuanica may be pruned back each year in late winter or early spring. To reinvigorate this plant, prune it back in late winter to 1 to 3 feet from the ground. To keep it within bounds, you can trim off excess growth as needed throughout the year.

Garden Uses

This vine will provide quick cover in sun or shade for trellises, fences, arbors, pergolas and walls. It may also be sprawled over the ground as a ground cover to camouflage rock piles or old tree stumps or to provide soil stabilization for banks. It is best to grow on structures or grounds that are not adjacent to areas where the invasive tendencies of this vine could become a problem.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Common Name: Silver lace vine
  • Type: Vine
  • Hardiness Zones: Zone 4 to 7
  • Height: 15 to 25 feet
  • Spread/Width: 15 to 25 feet
  • Bloom Time: July to frost
  • Bloom Description: Creamy white
  • Blooms: Showy, Fragrant
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Medium
  • Attracts: Birds
  • Tolerates: Deer, drought, heavy shade

Photo Search

Google – Fallopia Baldschuanica Photos

Flickr – Fallopia Baldschuanica Photos

Be Social

Follow me on Twitter @kirklander61
Like me on Facebook
Enjoy the Seattle Trekker Pinterest Gardening Boards

Tags: , , ,

2 Comments

  1. Really beautiful, Charlie.
    It reminds me of lace.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CommentLuv badge