Fallopia Species, Bukhara Fleeceflower, Chinese Fleecevine, Russian-Vine, Silverlace Vine

Fallopia baldschuanica

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Fallopia (fal-OH-pee-uh) (Info)
Species: baldschuanica (bald-SHWAN-ih-kuh) (Info)
Synonym:Fallopia aubertii
Synonym:Polygonum aubertii
Synonym:Polygonum baldschuanicum


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Scarify seed before sowing

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Martinez, California

San Diego, California

Castle Rock, Colorado

Clifton, Colorado

Colorado City, Colorado

Denver, Colorado(2 reports)

Peyton, Colorado

Hobart, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hanson, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Brewer, Maine

East Tawas, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Palmyra, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

Reno, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Cooperstown, New York

North Salem, New York

Southold, New York

Dundee, Ohio

Lima, Ohio

Newark, Ohio

Richwood, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Altamont, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Klamath Falls, Oregon(2 reports)

Pine Grove, Oregon

Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Ladys Island, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Ennis, Texas

Hereford, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Franklin, Wisconsin(2 reports)

Madison, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is usually listed as growing in Z9. It's been reported to do well in Los Angeles Z10a.

In the garden, this species is an aggressive thug. It can grow larger than the gardener expects, and it can smother and strangle garden plants. It can also spread quickly by rhizomes, and stems can self-layer where they touch the ground. But though it has some potential to invade natural habitat in N. America, I can find little evidence that it has done so.

According to the USDA, this species is not on the invasive species or prohibited list or noxious weed list of any state. http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=Poba3

According to BONAP, it has natur... read more


On Sep 25, 2016, Diane440 from Altamont, OR wrote:


This is considered an invasive species in most parts of the USA. They are banned in a lot of states. They literally eat entire forests or, at the very least, your neighborhood if you do not rigorously control them in your own yard. Please don't plant them!!!


On Sep 17, 2016, sunshimmer from Shamokin, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought five of these in the dark green color and one in the bright yellow green color several years ago. The first year all 5 dark green took off immediately and grew across my chain link fence about 12-15ft with the help of me constantly weaving them in the direction i wanted them to grow. The light green one only grew one vine and only about 8ft. The vine is decidous here and the second year all of the leaves came back in the spring and all the vines picked up from last year plus grew new vines. They all started turning yellow and losing leaves and I realized they were getting too much water. Once the spring rains stopped, they got more leaves and have filled in a 40ft chain link fence on both sides of my yard. They bloomed first year a bit, but second year was amazing, and now t... read more


On Oct 23, 2015, SuzyQ2222 from Chilliwack,
Canada wrote:

The patio of our ranch style condo looks out toward several three storey homes, with only a few feet separating us from their back yards. We wanted some privacy so when we moved in four years ago, we bought two silver lace vines and planted one at either end of our patio cover. As the plants grew up the supports for the patio (quickly-within one season) we trained the vines across the edge of the gutter, just on a piece of heavy string, until they met in the middle. The second year we had a three foot deep "wall" of green that very effectively blocks the neighbours and gives hiding spots for visiting birds. As the vine grew heavier we looped string around the gutter support and it has continued to grow with no problem. In summer we have to cut off or weave in the shoots every three days b... read more


On Sep 17, 2015, sauny from New Straitsville, OH wrote:

very negative experience! Although I did not plant this vine which is also known by Polygonum aubertii , I discovered it growing rampantly on my land. By "it", I mean HUNDREDS of them. No one should ever plant this, unless of course they live in western China, where it is native. Foreign plants, such as this, are harming our native animals, that that have evolved to eat our native plants. Please do not plant this invasive alien specie here in America.


On Feb 19, 2015, phxazrb from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

got it here in Phoenix as a nearly dormant shrubby looking plant Last November at a nearby Nursery asked the Nursery man told me it was a Australian blue bell. I thought that it was odd but whatever, being who I am I go home and research Australian blue bell and that's not what that was...... so there it sat in my front balcony watered it once a week. Being that I also work at a Nursery further away, I bring it to work for Identification I figured hell if I cant ID this plant some one there has to. NOPE no one did.... so I gave the shrubby specimen a shot of rose food from my job because that's just how great my companies rose food is and with in 4 days the shrubby specimen leafed out and has tendrils like it was ready to climb..... at that moment the name popped into my head instantly and... read more


On Sep 7, 2012, LaurieVoysey from Powwell River,
Canada wrote:

I bought this vine on the advice of my mom inlaw.She had such a beautiful garden,my husband & I had our wedding pics done there.Anyway back to the subject. I personaly have had no problem with invasiveness.I've had the plant for about 10 years now,& have a magenta coloured clematis growing throught it.the clematis gets more blooms every year.As for cutting back,very little in early spring.I don't work,so I spend a lot of time "weaving" the shoots back into one another.


On Apr 10, 2011, gadgetgal from Cooperstown, NY wrote:

Love my silver lace vine. Somewhat invasive, but tending to it a couple of times per season keeps it in check. Very fast grower. Does anyone know why mine has not bloomed for the past couple of years?The greenery is beautiful, but I would love to see my flowers again. It probably needs some kind of fertilizer, but I am unsure what kind.


On Apr 21, 2010, jerrycoh from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

In mile-high Prescott AZ this plant is decorative, easy to grow. The past winter produced heavy winds, ice and snow; the summer was dry. This is a vacation place and I plant what I think can take some neglect. Silverlace is outstanding. It took the first year to become acclimated (the neglect, you know), then zoomed into performance. I plan to plant one to flow down a steep incline to cover the rocks that stop erosion. I've read differing reports on whether it will survive deer and javelina munching. The first plants mentioned above are fenced.


On May 16, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

high invasive potential. Should not be planted, as naturalizing exotics is a major ecological problem


On Sep 20, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

We bought two of these vines and they are very fast growers. I have to cut them back in the spring to rid the poor fence of there heaviness. Very pretty when they are in blossom.
full of flowers. Just wish they were fragrant.


On Jul 22, 2007, Sailsuch from Bozrah, CT wrote:

Considered invasive in Connecticut.

Sorce: UCONN Plant database.


On Mar 27, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Years ago, I bought two teeny toothpick sized
'plants' via mailorder, which later turned out to
be a not-so-good company in Dave's Garden Watchdog.

Alas, here we are now, the Silverlace Vine is all grown
up, covering a cattle panel I fashioned into an arch located
by our side gate on the south side of the yard. The
interesting thing is, it lives directly below a giant black
walnut tree, obviously not bothered by the toxins the
tree emits into the soil.

Yes, it is indeed a vigorous vine. I typically just tuck
the loose vines into the arch and go about my day.
But a few times during the summer, it never fails, I've
been working hard and as I walk through the arch, a
stretch of SLV grab... read more


On Feb 8, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Deffinantly a fast grower! Thats probably why its also known as a "Mile-a-Minute" vine. Mine is on a trellis in partial sun, to add privacy from the neighbors. Good for covering up things in a hurry. I would, howerver, not reccomed this vine for small areas; it does get very big! Pritty, foamy cream flowers in summer. Needs adequite water in the summer, and a good, strong support.


On Nov 13, 2005, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I purchased 2 plants in spring of '04. They turned out to be nothing more than rooted stem cuttings..I was more than a little disappointed. Couldn't see how they would survive, much less grow "as advertised."

That summer, nothing was really ready for planting, they stayed in large pots until the arbor was built in late August. When I went to pick up the pots to move them to the arbor, I found the roots had grown through the pot and into the soil. UH oh!

I cut the roots, untwined the vines and sunk the plants into their permanent home where they shocked me by blooming their little heads off!

Ok...I had no idea of how to take care of them. In early spring '05, I cut them back to a few inches above the ground where they promptly grew new branche... read more


On Nov 9, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Behold, the Russian Bullet!

A plant whose beauty in my eyes is derived only from its raw aggresion toward gravity. Growing 20-30 feet in one season, it is good to cut it to the ground every few years, and can cover whole structures given twining support. 1.5 feet per week is easily possible. I have seen it naturalizing on dead cottonwood trees in the narrow mountain valleys where box elder grow. (Northwest CO)

Makes a twiggy cover for birds, seedlings can be controlled easily. Sometimes the flowers are known to attract quite a few wasps- I am not the only one to have observed this. Drought tolerant when established. Leaves sometimes turn a reddish color along with gold/brown in fall. Simple air layering into a gallon pot has worked for me within one mon... read more


On Oct 6, 2005, Seedsower from Franklin, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a spectacular vine that blooms for weeks and provides shimmery white sprays of flowers. It grows very quickly but can sometimes be killed off during my harsh Wisconsin winters. Two years in a row now I've had a mourning dove nest beneath it on my arbor, so the birds must appreciate its beauty too!


On Jun 7, 2004, BlessMyBloomers from Mississauga,
Canada wrote:

Planted in the summer of 2003, it quickly covered half of an arbour and bloomed in early September. I was too late to prune it back this spring and now it is well on its way down the other side of the arbour! Much to my surprise (& delight), I noticed this week-end that it is about to bloom...I thought it was a late summer bloomer. It is an extremely vigorous grower to the point where I am having trouble keeping up with all the new growth. It receives about 6 hours of sun a day and watered when I remember; I am confident in recommending this for anyone looking for a quick, dense cover.


On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very fast grower!! It quickly and easily covers an arch or arbor in one growing season, dies back in winter here, but easily comes back and grows rampantly to tip top again. The blooms are a cloud of white and oh sooo pretty.


On Mar 22, 2003, CanadaGoose from Oakville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Highly invasive plant. Close relative of the Japanese knotweed, even small cuttings will root, and it is very difficult to eradicate.


On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers mid summer to early autumn. 40-50', vigorous and rampant, but attractive and fills a space quickly.

Frothy sprays of tiny pink tinted flowers are followed by small pinkish white fruits. Foliage is darg green and heart shaped.