10 years to reach maturity
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Russian Vine Overview
Fallopia baldschuanica is a rampant, deciduous, twining climber that develops woody stems as it matures. It is part of the knotweed family, Polygonaceae, which also contains the highly invasive Japanese Knotweed plant. Fallopia baldschuanica produces heart-shaped green leaves that are bronze when they first emerge. Many spikes of tiny, white, funnel-shaped flowers are produced in late summer/early autumn. The flowers may have a pink tinge and are followed by small pink fruits. Extremely fast-growing, in a range of conditions and locations, this plant can easily become a problem. Whilst often grown as an ornamental, this plant can become invasive, with stems easily reaching 10m in length. Growth may be limited if grown in poor dry soil, but take care where this is planted as it really spreads. Fallopia baldschuanica is known as Russian Vine or Mile-A-Minute Vine after its fast growth habit. It can be a useful plant for covering unsightly garden structures and scrambling through trees, but be warned - it will smother everything that gets in its way! Fully hardy, it thrives in any poor to moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It can be cut back to the size required, in early spring.
Common problems with Russian Vine
How to propagate Russian Vine
Sow seed as soon as it's ripe.
Take cuttings from Summer (semi-ripe) to Autumn (hardwood).