How to grow Polygonum baldschuanicum

Commonly known as the 'Russian vine' or 'mile-a-minute vine', Fallopia baldschuanicum (previously and still widely known as Polygonum baldschuanica) is an extremely vigorous deciduous climber native to most notably China, Russia and Kazakhstan. It is widely grown for ts ability to quickly hide unsightly fences and other garden structures, and can look particularly attractive when trained into trees, old stumps and bare banks.

How to grow Polygonum baldschuanicum
Under favourable conditions the stems of Fallopia baldschuanicum can reach an impressive 12 metres long, with pale-green, ovate to heart-shaped leaves.

The small, white tinged pink blooms are borne in conspicuous, crowded panicles throughout the summer and autumn. Once pollinated the blooms can turn increasingly pink, followed by small, shiny black fruits.

Fallopia baldschuanicum will perform well in any type of soil including shallow soils over chalk. Aspect is not really important as it will simply tolerate where its or grow to more favourable conditions. That being said, young specimens will appreciate a certain amount of shelter until they become established.

Main image credit - Simon Eade
In text image credit - Jan Samanek

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