Fraser Island Vine (Tecomanthe hillii)
The Fraser Island Vine, as its name suggests is native to Fraser Island in South Queensland, Australia. However, it has also been spotted on the mainland in South-East and North-East Queensland. It is a woody evergreen that belongs to the Bignoniaceae family. It is extremely rare and can only found in Queensland. This unusual and attractive perennial is subtropical and definitely would be a wonderful feature plant adding a tropical feel to any garden.
It is fairly easy to manage and maintain. You can even train it to climb supports, trellises, archways, verandas, fencing and even trees. It is pretty versatile, but so extraordinarily special, it’ll have all your guests asking where they can get one of their own. The Fraser Island Vine can also be grown as an indoor plant, giving you the opportunity to bring it indoors once it has flowered to showcase its beauty within your home.
This vine flaunts gorgeously glossy green pinnate foliage, with several twinning stems. In the spring it flowers (even more so if given plenty of sun exposure) perfect pink and cream coloured bell-shaped flowers which grow in clusters.
Growing Fraser Island Vine
The Fraser Island Vine is generally found in sandy soils near water. It is a subtropical plant which favours plenty of sunshine, although can grow well in partial shade. The more sun this vine is given, the better it grows and flowers. Although it grows near water, it cannot tolerate being overwatered or having too much moisture around the roots, and the roots will rot if left this way for long periods of time. It isn’t very dependent on being watered although it is advisable to water regularly, just in small quantities. The Fraser Vine enjoys well-drained, low phosphorous soils and a healthy mulch in cooler conditions.
Although this specific vine has non-vigorous growth, it can grow up to as high as 10m when given suitable support. It does very well in warmer climates but can tolerate mild frosts. It is very important to grow away from buildings or high walls to allow maximum sunlight. This vine requires only very occasional trimming, mainly to maintain the shape in which you desire it to grow. Absolutely stunning and has so many options of how and where to keep.
Fraser Island Creeper, Pink Trumpet Vine, Roaring Meg, Tecomanthe hillii.
Plants for sale: Fraser Island Vine
Vine approx 30-40cm long - will benefit from potting up into 200mm pot for a while before planting into permanent position.