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Schizophragma Moonlight Vine Care

Schizophragma Moonlight

Climbing vines have a tremendous effect in a nice garden. Schizophragma Moonlight is perfectly adapted for the USA and in midsummer can embrace whole tree trunks with wonderful blooms.

It names comes from the Greek language and it means “divided wall”. Schizophragma is a deer resistant member of the Hydrangea family and the flowers slightly resemble other plants from the same family. It is adapted to USDA 5 to 8 zones, although it is native to Japan and Korea.

Schizophragma Moonlight Vine Appearance

This plant is characterized by woody shoots that climb up trees or fences. It climbs up in trees reaching a height of up to 18 feet when maturity. Schizophragma is a slow growing vine and will reach maturity in about 7 years.

It has ovate leaves of a deep green color. In summer it produces white moonlight blooms that shower down the foliage. They are broad and the outer flowers of each inflorescence are unfertile and have just one spade like petal.

Schizophragma Moonlight Blooms
Schizophragma Moonlight Blooms

It is also characterized by a suave scent of apple and lilies. This makes it perfect for small gardens where the owners have hammocks or seats to enjoy the shade.

It is perfect for landscaping projects. It can be used as an espalier coverer, ground cover or to build nice and green privacy screens.

Schizophragma Moonlight Care

To ensure the success of the moonlight vine, place it in humus rich soil at a distance of about 24 inches from its host plant. The soil must be moist and assure constant water supply, but it needs good drainage. If you want to cover a wall or a fence, place it at a similar distance.

In order to multiply the plant, take cuttings in early summer and transplant them. Schizophragma tolerates the sun, but it prefers partial shade. This should not be a problem, because usually the host plant ensures enough shade.

The Moonlight vine needs intense watering in the first year. Water it about two times a week, very well in the first growing season in order to build a strong and wide root system. In case of extreme heat, increase the frequency of watering sessions.

Prune it yearly in order to maintain a nice and clean aspect. You can reorient the stalks so they cover only the areas that you want to. You can combine it together with other flowering bushes and plants like Azalea, Japanese Forest Grass or Hakonechloa, Astilbe or Rhododendron.

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