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Products > Tetrastigma voinierianum
Tetrastigma voinierianum - Chestnut Vine, Lizard Plant
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Vitaceae (Grapes)
Origin: Indochina (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Vitis voinierana, Cissus voinierana]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Tetrastigma voinierianum (Chestnut Vine, Lizard Plant) - This aggressive large evergreen woody vine (or liana) climbs by means of long tendrils and can climb and clamber to 30 feet from the base with thick chocolate brown ropelike stems. It large, shiny thick grape-like leaves are divided into three to five wavy downwardly inclined leaflets with reddish brown colored hairs on the underside and young shoots also covered in these hairs. The small greenish flowers appear in early summer in branched inflorescence holding rounded umbels of many flowers - though interesting they are not showy and also not commonly seen.

Plant in part sun (coastal) to shade and give ample water in summer months. Hardy to 25° F. Can die down to ground in a frost but recovers quickly in late spring. This vine can cover a large area on something that supports it such as a chain link fence and occasional maintenance may be required to keep it in check. Makes a great and quite durable house plant and is occasionally seen sold in a hanging basket.

The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'tetras' meaning four and 'stigma' which is the tip of the female pistil in a flower, in reference to the four-lobed stigma. This plant from the tropical forests of North Vietnam and Laos was first described by the French Botanist Charles Baltet from a specimen sent to him by French veterinary surgeon M. Voinier, reportedly from High Laos but also sometimes listed as from Tonkin (North Vietnamam). It was described as Vitis voinieriana to honor M. Voinier in Reene de l'horticulture Belge in 1902 and then placed in the genus Tetrastigma by François Gagnepain in 1910. We have grown this interesting and attractive large vine since 1997. 

This information about Tetrastigma voinierianum displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.