Asian Climbing Plants For The Garden
Climbing plants are an essential part of any garden because they can fill in spots where you cannot grow a regular plant or place a garden bed. There are so many choices when it comes to climbing plants. And Asian climbing plants can be a good choice for your garden. Asian climbing plants are used as landscape plants, for erosion control and as livestock and wildlife forage. Here are several examples of Asian climbing plants. Oriental bittersweet, or Oriental staff vine (Celastrus orbiculatus), is a fast-growing invasive vine that grows to 60 feet or more. It spreads by underground runners as well as seed. It has the ability to climb to the tops of trees and shrubs and shade out sunlight, which weakens and kills the native plants. The flowers of the Oriental bittersweet are small and yellow and followed by hundreds of small green berries.
Another example of Asian climbing plants is Rangoon creeper. Rangoon creeper, also called Burma creeper or Chinese honeysuckle (Quisqualis indica), is a vigorous but noninvasive perennial vine suitable for growing in USDA horticultural zones 9 through 11. The leaves are bright green and as long as 8 inches, giving the vine a tropical look. It produces fragrant pendulous red flower clusters during the summer. The Rangoon creeper grows best with supplemental moisture and some protection from the hottest afternoon sun.