Fast-Growing Vines

Polygonum aubertii (renamed Fallopia baldschuanica) (syn. Fallopia aubertii / Bilderdykia aubertii) – This deciduous to semi-evergreen vine (in warmer climates) has many common names, including Silver Lace Vine, Mile-A-Minute and Russian Lace Vine. The fragrant summer through fall white flowers provide nectar for bees. Grows 25-40′ tall. Hardy to zone 5.

Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Madame Galen’ – This cross of C. radicans and C. grandiflora features deep salmon-red trumpet blooms from late summer into early autumn. Trumpet Vine flowers on new wood (prune in early spring) and is quite drought tolerant once established. It prefers full sun and needs a sturdy structure to support its mass. Grows 15-25′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ – Golden Hops is a hardy perennial vine that dies right back to the ground every winter – this makes it quite useful as a temporary summer screen on fences. There are separate male and female plants, but most of these sold are female and will bear small pine cone-like fruits. This vine can become invasive through suckering. Grows 15-25′ tall. Hardy to zone 3.

Campsis radicans ‘Flava’ – This Award of Garden Merit winner features golden-yellow trumpet blooms from mid to late summer which will attract hummingbirds. Golden Trumpet Vine is deciduous and also features dark green compound foliage. It is a good choice to cover arbors or pergolas, as it can reach heights of 25-30′ tall. Prefers full sun and hardy to zone 5.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata – Boston Ivy is a fast-growing deciduous vine with glossy dark green trilobed foliage that turns an intense reddish-purple in autumn. It clings using sticky pads or holdfasts at the end of its tendrils, and these may damage wood siding. It also bears tiny grape-like blue berries (it’s actually related to the grape). Grows 40′ or more and hardy to zone 4.

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2 Responses to Fast-Growing Vines

  1. Larry Tripp says:

    I live in Phoenix AZ, You do not show zone locations, So what is my zone ?

    • Larry,
      Your USDA zone is 9 or 10 – with the lower the number indicating the more cold hardy the plant. That said, some plants need a colder winter or dormancy period, so not every plant choice I suggest would be suitable for you. I hope this helps. Cheers. Mike

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