Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 08 2021

Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) profile

Jade Vine, scientific name Strongylodon Macrobotrys, belongs to the same genus as the brose. Jade Vine is native to the tropical rainforest of the Philippines. It is a woody vine of the genus Lycophora in the butterfly family. Its color is blue and green, like Jade, and is very popular.

Jade vine picture

Jade vine

Morphological characteristics of Jade vine


Jade vine is a large evergreen perennial vine with woody stems, up to 30 cm in diameter and up to 21.3 m in length.


The triple compound leaves of Jade Vine are bright and leathery. The leaflets are oblong, 7.6-12.7 cm long, and the middle leaflet is the longest. Jade vine can't stand frost or drought. Young leaves are sometimes dark, almost black, turn light green as they grow, the dark veins look yellow, and as the leaves mature, they turn dark green. 


The bisexual flowers of Jade Vine bloom from spring to early summer. They are blue-green and birdlike in shape. Many small flowers gather together in clusters, forming a drooping racemes of 90 to 150 cm or more, which is quite spectacular. Its flowers are a distinctive turquoise, almost unique in the plant world, and hang in the thick foliage, looking as if they were glowing cold. It's very beautiful.


The pod of Jade vine, a cylindrical, pod-like seed formed when opened, about 5.1 cm long.

The ecological habits of Jade vine

Jade Vine was born in the tropical rainforest of the Philippines. It is not resistant to frost and likes full light. Jade Vine is suitable to be planted in neutral to acid soil. Its unique appearance and rare color make it particularly attractive and highly sought after by Flower lovers.

How to grow and care for Jade vine


Growth in neutral acid soil is best.


Jade Vine grows in some sun-filled environments with midday shade. It is best grown in shade and in sunny trees.


The growing season needs sufficient water, winter water control.

Cold resistance

Jade Vine is suitable for the 10-11 zone. Jade vine is a tropical vine that does not freeze. Keep above 15℃ in winter.


As with most vines, repotting a jade vine indoors can be a challenge. Ideally, the plant will be grown in the largest container possible, to minimize the need to repot (this is the approach many indoor growers take). Once the vine is established, instead of repotting, change the surface soil once a year or so by scrapping out the old soil and replacing the top few inches of soil. Smaller plants, before they become climbers, can be repotted annually.

Jade vine

How to propagate Jade vine

1. Cutting propagation

Jade vine is a kind of shrub plant. So how to propagate Jade vine is usually propagated by cutting. Cut off a section of the branches of Jade Vine, remove all the leaves of the branches of Jade Vine, and then apply some rooting water at the bottom of Jade Vine to make the branches of Jade Vine take root quickly.

Prepare a loose and fertile soil, you can add plant ash to the soil, and can kill most of the bacteria in the soil; Adding water soluble fertilizer after fermentation to the soil and controlling the soil moisture at about 40% can quickly make Jade Vine branches adapt to the environment.

Insert the treated branches of Jade Vine into the soil to a depth of about one third of that of the branches of Jade Vine. In addition, the branches of Jade Vine are fixed with soil, and the soil of Jade Vine is wet with water. After being wet, it is preserved in a cool place. After about half a month, Jade Vine will sprout.

2. Plant division propagation

Division is also a common method for Jade Vine propagation. Choose a cluster of thick and dense Jade Vines, dig them out, wash the soil on the roots of Jade Vines with warm water, divide Jade Vines into two parts, cut off the connected roots with tools, and then plant them into the soil separately.

The distribution area of Jade vine

Jade Vine was originally born in the rainforests of the Philippines.

Varieties of Jade vine 

There are about 20 species of Jade vine, all of them native to Southeast Asia and throughout the South Pacific. In their native environment, many species of Strongylodon are endangered due to habitat destruction, so there is a dedicated effort among the world's botanical gardens to preserve these magnificent plants. The most common species found in cultivation in the temperate world is S. macrobotrys, which is planted in southern Florida and Hawaii. Jade vine is native to the Philippines and features flower clusters that can be up to 3 feet long.

Jade Vine landscape use

Jade Vine can be used as a tropical landscape, drawing the vine to a larger trellage, arch or pavilion. The blue-green inflorescences droop spectacularly when viewed from below. Jade Vine can also be potted in a greenhouse.

Jade vine