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Don't let the jade fade...

Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 09:03:25 AM


Keeled claws of the jade vine.

... before you see it!

Hanging in pendant clusters, the claw-like flowers of the jade vine are beautiful almost beyond belief. They are a striking aquamarine, opening with upturned keels. They are the color of shallow tropical seas, of rare tropical birds. And no matter how often you see them, you still gaze with wonder.

Strongylodon macrobotrys is the botanical name of the Philippine vine that has three-lobed leaves and a strong woody trunk. This rainforest liana is capable of aggressively climbing at least 70 feet, twining around anything in its path. Therefore, a support of brute strength is needed on which to grow this critter. Our vine pergola is just the ticket, with its sturdy stone columns and wooden crossbars.

One secret of growing the jade is to provide shade for the young plant, letting it wind its way into sunlight. This is not a vine for the timid or for most urban yards, so visit the garden now to catch it in flower.



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