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Cissus discolor/Rex Begonia Vine

Cissus discolor / Cissus discolor
Attractive metallic colored foliage
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Attractive metallic colored foliage

Close-up of leaves

Nice specimen growing at the Visitors' Center at the North Carolina Arboretum near Asheville, NC

Striking foliage

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Scientific Name: Cissus discolor
Common Name: Rex Begonia Vine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The silver and wine color in leaf of this tropical vine make for interest in the interior garden. Great in hanging baskets and can stand relatively low light. Must have a minimum 50 degree F. temperature. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures at all. A major feature of this vine is the underside of the leaves which have a red velvet coloring with a fuzzy surface. The vine climbs by tendrils and grows very fast in hot humid climates. Excellent vine for totem poles and hanging baskets. Although called by its common name begonia, it is not a begonia, but looks somewhat like a begonia.