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Lygodium japonicum/Japanese Climbing Fern

Lygodium japonicum / Lygodium japonicum
Often a garden pest as a volunteer vine, it can be used to a great advantage growing on a structure
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Often a garden pest as a volunteer vine, it can be used to a great advantage growing on a structure

Lacey foliage and wiry stems

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Vine growing over an azalea

Vine grows over anything in its path like this azalea

Vine growing up the trunk of a tree

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Scientific Name: Lygodium japonicum
Common Name: Japanese Climbing Fern
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This fern can be used on an arbor, trellis or fence. It spreads easily and can become an invasive pest. The tops can be killed to the ground with a hard freeze, but it quickly comes back as soon as spring returns.