Common Name: silver lace vine
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to October
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Heavy Shade
Best grown in well-drained sandy loams with regular moisture in full sun to part shade. Tolerates some drought. Generally tolerates 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 by rhizomes. May be pruned back each year in late winter to early spring. To renovate, prune back in late winter to 1-3’ from the ground. To keep within bounds, trim off excess growth as needed throughout the year.
‘Lemon Lace’ is a silver lace vine cultivar that is noted for its lemon yellow foliage, red stems, foamy white flowers and somewhat restrained growth habit. It is a sport of the species (Fallopia baldschaunica), but is thankfully somewhat less invasive. This is, however, a vigorous, adaptable, fast-growing, deciduous, twining vine that typically grows 15-20’ (to 6’ in one year). Ovate leaves (to 3.5” long) are lemon gold. Masses of small, fragrant, creamy white flowers in profuse, narrow panicles cover the vine over a long bloom period of mid-summer to fall. Red stems in spring and fall contrast nicely with the foliage and fall flowers. Fallopia baldschaunica is synonymous with and formerly known as Polygonum baldschaunicum.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for Japanese beetle and leaf miners.
Provides quick cover in sun or shade for trellises, fences, arbors, pergolas and walls. 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. Best to grow on structures or grounds that are not adjacent to areas where the invasive tendencies of this vine could become a problem.