Newest Review: ... an old fence. Russian Vine is a fast growing climbing plant that looks lovely, admittedly, but it is SO invasive that once you have it... more
Russian Vine - Beware!
Member Name: miffy1
Advantages: None other than it is fast growing and can be used to cover unsightly fences quickly
Disadvantages: VERY invasive!
If you have ever had to deal with a neighbour's overgrown Russian Vine, then I sympathise. Our neighbour thought it would be a good idea to use this plant to cover an old fence. Russian Vine is a fast growing climbing plant that looks lovely, admittedly, but it is SO invasive that once you have it, it takes over the whole garden. I think that if you look after it and keep it well cut-back, it can be of use, but in the case of our neighbours, they planted it and left it and we are the ones having to cut it back when it grows over our fence! The vine is now taking over a huge conifer tree and is about 20ft high!
The only saving grace that this plant has is the lovely white summer flowers. They attract a lot of butterflies and bees, so have their use.
But....if you are thinking of growing this, PLEASE be aware of how fast it grows and how invasive it is.
Personally I think this is a plant to steer well clear of!
Summary: Plant at your peril! Takes over the whole garden if you are not careful!