Fuji Snow - Fallopia

The Fallopia climber, originally from China is a fast growing plant. Because of its rapid growth it is often used in large planting projects, for example for a noise barrier along highways or in a public park. In back gardens, the Fallopia can also cover a wall, shed or fence in a subtle way. Within one single season it can grow up to three metres. It is easy to maintain, but pruning is essential in order to keep this creeper under control. The Fallopia flowers for a relatively long period, between July and October. A profusion of white flowers then appears like a layer of snow. That explains it particular name!
How do I care for my Fallopia?
The Fallopia is an easy care plant. It grows quickly and has few specific demands for soil and location. Good pruning is most important. This plant is quick to grow large and heavy. To avoid the weight pulling over the trellis pruning is essential. It is best if you do this in March, because the plant is free of leaves at that time and you can get to all parts of it properly. An older plant can be pruned back to one metre above the ground. This will make a Fallopia grow young and fresh branches again. After pruning is the best time to fertilize Fallopias to encourage good growth.

Does my Fallopia need to be trailed?
The Fallopia needs some trailing to support climbing. Place the plant against a solid wall, fence or pergola. Because the Fallopia climbs by winding its fast-growing branches to certain support points it is advisable to help the young plant to get started. This ensures that the plant starts climbing in the correct direction.

How many should I plant per metre of trellis fence or wall?
Because this fast-growing climbing plant can grow three metres in one year, you won’t need many plants to quickly cover a large surface area. One Fallopia per metre will be plenty to produce a nicely covered fence.
  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Mostly all soil types

  • Moisture levels:
    Normal

  • Location:
    Shade/semi-shade/sun

  • Height:
    Three metres of growth per year

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    Prune vigorously to keep under control

  • Fertilizing:
    Basic NPK in the spring

  • Flower:
    Vigorous flowering of white blooms

  • Flowering period:
    July-October

  • Trivia:
    Flowering Fallopias look like a carpet of snow, hence its common name (in Dutch it is called Bride’s veil)

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