The Russian Vine originates from South East Russia and Iran, these high maintenance climbing plants grow at a rapid rate of knots and can put on over 13 foot in a year.
This makes them extremely useful for quickly covering eyesores or to screen walls etc.
The downside of all this, is that you have to keep on top of it constantly with regular pruning, otherwise, before you know it, it has taken over everything due to its invasive nature.
Russian Vine General Information
It is well known for causing frequent neighbour disputes as it quickly spreads into their property and can rapidly grow up the house, into guttering etc causing various problems.
This is a climbing plant that people either love or hate!
They love it when they have the time to manage it but with ever busy lives most of us do not have that much time to constantly keep getting the shears out!
It is also notoriously difficult to get rid of.
Due to being a relative of the Japanese Knotweed, makes this climbing plant very tough and virulent.
Description of a Russian Vine
The Russian Vine is a perennial, deciduous plant with long woody stems known to reach about 30 feet in length.
The leaves are a dark green and heart shaped and the flowers are a creamy white.
These flowers almost cover the plants from mid summer to autumn. Achenes (seeds) follow soon after and are dark and shiny.
Cultivation of a Russian Vine
An extremely hardy climber which can be planted in any position, this plant also appears to tolerate any soil type.
Pests & Diseases
The Russian Vine does not appear to suffer from any pests or diseases in the UK.
Best Time for Pruning
Regular pruning throughout the growing season is required to keep it under control.
A good prune in February, on a frost free day, to cut right back and encourage new growth.
Climber Pruning & Removal
Has Russian Vine taken over your garden and your neighbours, is it starting to reach power and telephone lines?
Perhaps you have another out of control climbing plant such as ivy?
GraftinGardeners are highly experienced in pruning and removing climbing plants.
We cover London, Surrey and surrounding areas and will be very happy to provide you with a free quotation.
Article was written by Karen Arnold.
Edited by Conner D on 01/07/2019.