Russian Vine – Fallopia Baldschuanica

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.

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5 comments on “Russian Vine – Fallopia Baldschuanica”

  1. You say ‘The Russian Vine does not appear to suffer from any pests or diseases in the UK’. However, I lost a mature one that had been doing a great job covering a pergola for a decade, replanted with a replacement Russian Vine, and now three years later, that is also starting to look ‘poorly’. It’s not really growing, and there are lots of brown leaves on it. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Sally,

      It sounds like it could be an issue with soil compaction. You could try to decompact the soil with a garden fork, lay down some fresh mulch and give it plenty of water.

      You could also try to prune off the dead leave to encourage new growth.

      Sorry for the late reply and please let us know if this helps.

      GraftinGardeners Team.

  2. Will a Russia vine grow up a Scots pine trunk that is bare except for a small canopy it’s a very tall tree and had been left in with several others in straight line in 4 house front gardens. This vine had refused to climb a fence, even with help, it wont cling. We had a beauty on our previous house wall. Do they not like clinging g to wood.? Thank you.

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