J.M. Garg, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
Plant Common Name
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Across its native lands, locals would drink the sap of this treebine as a source of emergency water during sojourns through the forests, prairies and shrublands. Treebine is a tall-growing woody vine or liana native to subtropical highlands from Bhutan and northeastern India to Thailand. It's semi-evergreen, but seasonal chill or severe drought leads to it being fully deciduous in some climates. The vine stems are relatively smooth and cylindrical.
Newly emerging leaves are hairy, but mature smooth and deep green. The leaf is shaped like a heart with wavy or coarsely toothed edges. Rarely do the leaves have three very shallow lobes. Tendrils with five to seven clasping branches adhere to tree trunks. In mid- to late spring, branched clusters (umbels) of tiny flowers dot the vine. By late summer, the tiny blackish and slightly pear-shaped fruits are ripe, each with one seed inside.
Grow treebine in nearly full sun to bright dappled shade in a fertile, average to well-drained soil. An evenly moist soil is best for lushest growth, but once established, this vine is very drought tolerant. Use it as an accent vine on a tall tropical tree in frost-free climates. It would work as a houseplant briefly when young and small in size.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 14
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
30'-60' / 9.1m - 18.3m
Spring, Late Spring
Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, India, China
Spring, Summer, Fall
Sharp or Has Thorns