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Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

Posted by Oscarmatic CA z10/24 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 4, 13 at 10:57

Hi, I have another mystery vine on the new patio. This is a twining vine growing up a trellis and across the ground. It is planted in the ground against the north-facing side of a fence, so is in shade this time of year. It doesn't have fruit or flowers, and is afflicted with some malaise turning leaves white.

I hope to know whether to rescue, propogate, or remove the vine. Many thanks for your help with the identification.


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

I believe the first two pics belong to a mandevilla vine; the third I don't know. Yes- I would definitely rescue it by giving it some tlc- remove dead or dying parts of the vine, dead leaves, water once it's dried out some and place it in a sunny window. You can save it this way for next season.


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Mandevilla

Thanks for the ID; it does indeed look like a match for Mandevilla. That third photo above looked originally like part of the main plant, but was a neighbor's vine creeping under the fence and through the Mandevilla. Below is a photo with other plants cleared away. The Mandevilla is in the ground, so it's not going anywhere. Other GW posts lead me to believe it can tolerate a hard pruning, so I've trimmed off quite a bit of the ailing leaves. I'll look forward to spring so I can see what sort of blooms it might have.


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

Wow- you did a great job!


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

Thanks, Surya; that's encouraging. The first person here to see it after pruning said it looked more lush before I chopped it. (Well, hmph.)

I saved three healthy-looking pieces to try to root. I hope in a few months I'll have some to trade.


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

The vine is Stephanotis floribunda.

Rgds


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

The neighbors' creeper looks like something in the Commelina family, if you're still curious. I don't know which Commelinas (by genus) would be in CA, or maybe a Tradescantia or Callisia.

Good luck with the 'real plant!'


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Stephanotis floribunda

Thanks, Dryadella. Stephanotis floribunda looks very close, too. I read that Stephanotis will get pale chlorotic leaves in insufficient sun; are the white leaves in the top photo what chlorotic looks like?


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RE: Patio vine, dark green oval leaves

Chlorosis is more uniform on a whole leaf.

Your affected leaves look more like they had a surface pathogen of some type, or minor insect damage on them a while back, or were possible accidentally hit with something caustic, like a cleaning product, weed killer, or even really hot water from turning on a hose sitting in the sun.


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