Russian-vine - Fallopia baldschuanica

    Alt Name
    Russian Vine

    Vigorous woody climber to 5 metres or more. Leaves heart shaped, blunt. Flowers white or pale green, becoming pinkish in fruit, in spreading, lax, terminal or lateral panicles.

    Identification difficulty

    Occasionally naturalised in hedgerows and waste places, sometimes climbing over fences and abandoned buildings.

    When to see it

    July to October

    Life History

    Deciduous perennial - An invasive species, which, when found, can be seen smothering hedges with its creeping stems.

    UK Status

    Widely cultivated in gardens in Britain, and becoming naturalised.

    VC55 Status

    Another new invasive species which is getting a foothold in Leicestershire and Rutland, Russian-vine was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map