Strongylodon Species, Jade Climber, Jade Vine, Emerald Creeper, Turquoise Jade Vine

Strongylodon macrobotrys

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Strongylodon (stron-GY-loh-don) (Info)
Species: macrobotrys (mak-ro-BOT-rees) (Info)
Synonym:Strongylodon megaphyllus
Synonym:Strongylodon warburgii


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

over 6"

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Chowchilla, California

Los Angeles, California

Oceanside, California

Boca Raton, Florida(2 reports)

Brandon, Florida

Captiva, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Key West, Florida

Leesburg, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida(4 reports)

Mulberry, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Titusville, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Haiku, Hawaii

Hana, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honomu, Hawaii

Kamuela, Hawaii

Kapaa, Hawaii

Kihei, Hawaii

Wailua Homesteads, Hawaii

Deridder, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Galveston, Texas

Houston, Texas

Plano, Texas

Bellevue, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 20, 2021, brachychiton from Bribie Island,
Australia wrote:

I planted my jade vine in subtropical South East Queensland 5 years ago. I had read that It took 2 years to flower, and it did exactly that! Each Spring the number of flower bracts increase exponentially and the flowers are produced over a longer period of time. Visitors love it, and many at first think that I've hung up plastic flowers.

It grew up to our north-facing top deck and spread spread west to east along the railings. The flowers hang down like a fringe over the lower deck.


On Oct 30, 2017, anachroneiron from Kalmar,
Sweden (Zone 7b) wrote:

Just wanted to share my experience with germinating this species in a cold apartment in dark, late autumn Sweden. I’m a hobbyist grower in a regular apartment.

My two seeds was harvested fresh, spent ten days in transit (Madeira to Sweden) and after sowing in a coir-perlite mix quickly got covered with an ugly blue green mold. Carefully peeling away the outer husk of the seed and keeping the media well aerated/ventilated (not wet) but with high air humidity, the mold went away. One of the seeds got roots after about a week and sprouted 16 days after sowing. I used a 10 l container, watered very carefully (around, not on the seeds) and used a heating mat at between 25-30 degrees Celsius. Also extra LED lighting and a small grow tent made of plastic bags.

I mi... read more


On Mar 20, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I was just bowled over by a mature specimen on a pergola at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL. It was coming into full bloom, with a few long inflorescences full of opened flowers and many more in bud.

The blue-green/turquoise color is more or less unique in the world of flowers---I don't think the photographs here begin to do it justice. And the hanging inflorescences reached 3 feet or more, giving an effect I can only compare to Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys'. Wikipedia says the flower trusses can reach 3m (10'!). Extraordinary.

This was in mid-March. I suspect the display will continue for a month or more. Spring is the usual flowering time.

The foliage is glossy and attractive, reminding me a little of Bignonia ca... read more


On Apr 7, 2015, Deadheaddiscer from Port Saint Lucie, FL wrote:

I live in Port St. Lucie, FL. I planted my Jade Vine about six years ago. Last year was the first time it bloomed. There were about five or so big beautiful blooms. This year I noticed the vine had grown up and over the top of the 25 foot high Lagustram that is next to it. This year it has had about 45 or more blooms! There were blooms hanging throughout the Lagustrum like Chinese lanterns! It is such a beautiful sight! People driving by stop and look at it and are amazed at the color and showiness of the flower. Everyone wants one for their garden. Every winter we have a couple of very cold days, so I have put a string of C7 Christmas lights under the main part of the trellis and I cover that part with sheets to keep it nice and warm. This seems to have worked so far.


On Nov 21, 2014, smunraj wrote:

hi team i;ve got jade flowers at my place in floreal, mauritius island. it's having flowers since around 3 months now. And it;s falling everyday. i've seen it's a very rare flower. are you interested to see or photograph the flowers pls? pls contact me on [email protected]. thx


On Jun 24, 2012, orchidalley from Kapaa, HI wrote:

Two years ago we bought a blue Jade Vine after seeing it hanging from a tree in Hanalei on Kaua'i where we live. Now it's more than 50 feet long and it's very beautiful and needs very little water, and leaves stay on it all year. At present we're going to propagate it and try it in other places around our lot. I appreciated the comments on this site.I encourage other islanders to try this stunning plant but prune when needed asap. I'd agree it takes two years and the bloom is very early springtime and to think of it as a stunning vine type plant, very unusual. I love it in leis as well. The plant needs an artistic landscape plan when pruning, so have fun, you will enjoy this majestic bloom of color when it arrives.


On Mar 31, 2012, redmachine from Galveston, TX wrote:

I just received and planted my jade vine in a large pot with a trellis.
I am very excited to see what will happen here in Galveston!
I wonder if there are any more of these growing on the island here.


On Aug 19, 2011, koa from Haiku, HI wrote:

I find the new growth on this vine to be especially fragile. A couple of new tips broke off during transit after I purchased it, despite my attempt to protect it. Also, wind has damaged new tips that I failed to secure to its support, even though it's planted on the leeward side of the house. Still, the beautiful flowers are more than worth the trouble.


On Nov 15, 2010, PlantLoverCA from Alhambra, CA wrote:

I live in Southern California near Los Angeles and was wondering if the Jade Vine would grow in my area. I have had a lot of success with Gingers and Haliconias. I would love to add this to my collection but don't want to waste money if it won't survive a winter or bloom due to temperature and humidity. If anyone can comment, it would be much appreciated.


On Mar 19, 2010, jeri11 from Central, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I didn't have time to bring in this plant before the cold arrived here in Baton Rouge, La. and I thought that it was a goner!!! To my surprise after a record breaking cold we haven't seen in 25 years that dropped our temperature to a low of 17 degrees for over 10 hrs, my jade vine is budding back out and will be better than last year.


On Feb 17, 2010, D66 from Bridgetown,
Barbados wrote:

I was at St.James Parish Church harvest garden party and a plant was on sale which I purchase,as the seller had a small bloom which beauty cannot be discribed.( St.Parish church is the oldest church in Barbados and may be seen on ) I live on a small lot of land but I expect to relocate next year and will have plenty room and some trees so what advice can you give me for planting my jade climber so as to facilitate my move.


On Jan 9, 2010, jadefan from Burbank, CA wrote:

Blooming Jade is so beautiful! I would like to know when the green Jade blooms in Hawaii. And how long the bloom lasts.


On Jan 2, 2009, judyparker from Miami, FL wrote:

I have had my Jade Vine for almost 4 years now and I have to tell you that last year it was spectaular! I had probably close to a hundred blooms from mid Feb to mid April. It is planted at the base of a tree and ofcourse has taken over the tree but the tree (Rose Apple as I know it) has not been harmed, still blooms and bears it's fruit.
I got mine from Richard Lyons nursery and have bought another one (this one red) that I hope will bloom this year.
I have rooted cuttings with success and even had a seed this last year which I planted and 2 of the seeds I know of are alive and growing.


On Nov 11, 2008, amygirl from Lafayette, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

The jade vine was available at the Ramble last weekend. The Tropical Flowering Tree Society sells it at their sales Mother Days' weekend each year at Fairchild. They have a website. Just Google them. Perhaps you can then contact a member directly to purchase one.


On Mar 2, 2008, cactusmike from Captiva, FL wrote:

I purchased several jade climbers (expensive), but the only one which succeeded was from a Delores in Homestead, Florida (also the cheapest.)

I planted the vine on the North side of my house in Captiva, Florida and it climbs a Veitchia Palm to get to a very strong pergola. The roots set in full shade, the area is well protected and the vine gets good water and sun resulting in leaves which are thick and healthy. The Vine has done wonderfully and I dump coffee grinds on its roots regularly for acidity.

Finally, after two years it has produced an inflorescence shoot (just one) and I eagerly await a flower raceme. I also recently fertilized with "Bloom Booster.'


On Jun 10, 2007, DCgirl from Weston, FL wrote:

June 5, 2007

I just returned from a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jade Vine was growing there, on top of a mountain. This is where I saw it for the first time, and had the pleasure of viewing it with hummingbirds darting in and out. It has a most unusual color and appearance. I have been a fan of passionflowers for several years now, and had never seen this species before. What a special treat when the hummingbirds came to visit it!


On Mar 3, 2007, jpjoe from Quezon City,
Philippines wrote:

Jade Vine or Jade de Vine (Tayabak) originated in the Philippines. It used to be an endemic specie in the said country until the arrival of the Westerners. At present, Jade Vine is listed on the endangered species list of the Philippines. This is due to the destruction of Jade Vine's natural habitat and its continuous illegal exporting to other countries.

I've recently came from the University of the Philippines, Los Baņos, Laguna's Botanical Garden. There, researchers are further studying the pollination system of the said plant.


On Mar 2, 2007, randyfb from Santa Barbara, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I visited the new conservatory at the Huntington Botanic Garden on March 1, 2007 and saw that their large Jade Vine is blooming for the first time. It is planted in the lower level of the tropical house and trained up along a walkway railing of the 2nd level. There were several inflorescences hanging down in full bloom and many more coming. A real treat to see this plant blooming in California!


On Feb 8, 2005, iiivar from Fremont, CA wrote:

It's been seven years. I have a smallish greenhouse that I thought a 62 degree thermostat setting during winter would be enough. After a couple of years I switched from 30-10-10 to 0-10-10. No effect on getting blooms, but was probably a necessary prerequisite. Last year my housekeeper raised the thermostat to 68 and I've gotten flowers (and another $100/mo. on my utility bill). This year I've gotten >30 "spikes" and most will bloom! Bloom time seems to be Jan-March. My only problem now is that leaves are continually dropping, off, and I don't know if this is normal.


On Jan 27, 2005, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have two of these that grow well for me in Texas. They are planted in the ground, on the north side of my house, underneath a porch, which is covered in clear sturdy polycarbonate. This helps to increase the humidity, and protect it from frost. We wrap the entire porch in plastic in the winter to keep it from freezing.
They are climbing all through the rafters, and seem quite happy, but no blooms, yet. My vines girth is only the width of my little pinky finger, so I guess they are not big enough, although they are huge.
I have read they need two different plants, for pollination to be successful, and set seed. Two clones of an identical plant, will not produce seed.
I was extremely fortunate to get both of mine as seeds, so hope to one day be able to produce ... read more


On Nov 4, 2004, Bluebiu wrote:

I have recently acquired a small plant of the Jade Vine.
On reading the notes here, it will apparently take over 2 years to flower. I live in Australia - sub tropical climate.


On Aug 27, 2004, hawaiiGuy from Kailua Kona, HI wrote:

Aloha, I live in Kailua-Kona, HI., on "the big island", and this plant (as well as the red variety) are easy to grow here. So easy in fact, that I am amazed at its rarity here. I believe most gardeners cut it down before its 2nd year due to its vigorous nature. My plants (and cuttings I have given away) have rarely bloomed before they were 2 yrs old. More important I think is the girth of the trunk like base. The trunk needs to be at least 1/2" across before it sends out those beautiful (and unexpected) racemes. This plant does not bloom on new wood, so severe pruning occasionally is fine (and needed). Location is key to this plant and it needs a strong support or tree to grow upon. I have found they do perfectly growing upon mature Plumeria for support. Mine have gone well ove... read more


On Aug 21, 2004, tropicalgaza from Culver City, CA wrote:

this vine will grow here in los angeles just fine, but the first year , it has to be covered with plastic, to keep it dry
after that it has a strong enough root stock to survive
2 years later it will flower!!
mine had 5 flowers, some over 5 feet long!.


On May 28, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We have a friend in our village that has a huge vine of the blue-green jade on his perimeter fence facing the street. when it blooms its is espectacular. People just walk by to take a look at it.

Some people use the single blooms in making leis. There is also one with red blooms at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo.

I haven't tried to grow it, but it is beautiful!


On May 27, 2004, AfricanB from nelspruit,

I live in South Africa in an area with a sub-tropical climate.
The Jade Vine grows prolifically here and is usually grown in full sun. Make sure that the vine has space as the blooms are up to a metre long and need to hang like wisteria to really show off how spectacular they are! The plant grows quite easily from cuttings which I place in a pot with a nice loamy soil and a plastic bag over until rooting has taken place. The vine only matures enough to flower after two years. Believe me, it is worth the wait!


On Jul 20, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I donīt know much about this climber. I know it comes from southeastern Asia and itīs hard to grow. I know only 2 places in my city where itīs planted, always forming large and dense coverings. The flowers are very beautiful. Long inflorescences (40-50cm long) with long, greenish-blue flowers that are attractive to birds. I wish to have one someday.