Jade Vine Overview
Strongylodon macrobotrys is a striking plant from the pea family, Fabaceae (Fabaceae). It is an evergreen climber commonly known by the names jade vine, emerald vine and turquoise jade vine. It has a vigorous climbing habit and can easily reach 20m in height, with a possible spread of 4m. Foliage is divided into a 3 leaflet arrangement, leaves are oval to egg-shaped and measure up to 25cm long. Unusual clawed flowers measuring around 8cm in length, in a striking turquoise to pale blue-green colour are borne pendantly from branched stems, these can reach up to 3 metres in length and may contain over 75 flowers. The flowers lead onto fleshy, oblong seedpods measuring around 15cm in length, they usually contain 12 seeds. Originating from damp environments in the Philippines, this plant grows well in partially shaded conditions and prefers moist, well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.