Jade vine is an evergreen twining vine with thick woody stems an inch or more in diameter, and can grow to more than 70' long in the wild! In cultivation, 40' is more typical -- this is still a very large, strong growing vine. The leaves are trifoliate with three oblong leaflets.
Jade vine gets its name from the spectacular floral display that occurs in spring and early summer, when the vine erupts with jade-colored (turquoise blue to green), claw-shaped flowers 3-5" long in huge dangling clusters that can be anywhere from 2-5' in length. The inflorescence is truly amazing and creates a sight unmatched by anything else in the flower world, both in terms of color and the sheer size of the flower clusters.
Jade vine grows best in neutral to acidic soils., and in full sun but with some shade at midday. It performs best where its roots are in the shade and its top in the sun, a term gardeners sometimes refer to as "facer plants" (using smaller plants to shade the base of plants that prefer shaded root zones). Jade vine should be watered freely during the growing season, but more sparingly in winter.
Jade vine is grown in tropical landscapes, most often trained over a sturdy pergola so that the pendulous festoons of aquamarine blossoms can be viewed from below, where they are at their most spectacular. It can be used over other garden structures too, as long as the structure is both large and strong enough to support the mature vines, which can be up to 40' long and extremely heavy.
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