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    Dutchman's Pipe

    Aristolochia macrophylla

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    Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Dutchman's Pipe flowers

    Dutchman's Pipe flowers

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    Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Dutchman's Pipe

    Dutchman's Pipe

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  30 feet

    Spread:  24 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Description:

    An extremely vigorous vine, excellent for quick screening, almost invasive; highly interesting purple flowers and oddly shaped fruit, often lost in the foliage; large leaves provide good shade for pergolas or arbors

    Ornamental Features

    Dutchman's Pipe features unusual light green tubular flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Dutchman's Pipe is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

    This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Dutchman's Pipe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Dutchman's Pipe will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Screening  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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