Russian vine

Fallopia baldschuanica

Overview

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Fallopia baldschuanica - Russian vine
Description:
  • It is a deciduous vine-like perennial and is similar in appearance to bindweed.
  • It grows to form clumps of green-red stems.
  • It is generally found in hedgerows and waste ground.
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Origin and Worldwide Distribution:
  • It is native to central Asia.
  • It is now present across Europe and North America, where it is regarded as invasive.

Potential or Known Impacts:
  • It outcompetes native species by growing over shrubs and trees, shading them out. Due to this climbing ability, it can also kill other plants, and damage power and telephone lines, and boundary structures with its weight.
  • Rarely, it hybridises with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) to produce another invasive knotweed, F. x conollyana.

How did it/could it get here?
  • It was introduced to Ireland and Northern Ireland as an ornamental plant, which has since escaped from gardens, and parks.

Is it found in Ireland or Northern Ireland?
  • It is found in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it is widespread but localised. It is established in hedgerows, spreading from plantings or discards.

Methods for Prevention:
  • Do not buy, sell or plant this species; it may be sold as Fallopia aubertii and Polygonum aubertii.
  • Dispose of this plant responsibly.
  • Do not transport infested soil.
  • Report all sightings here at CEDaR.

Species Related Files:

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland