A striking dioecious climber, reaching up to 3-4m that will adorn any garden. Remarkable on account of the tri-colored variegation of many of its leaves, the terminal half being creamy-white, flushed pink and green. The variegation is not apparent on very young plants; it appears in its second, third year after planting, being more prominent on leaves in full sun. Flowers small, white, with yellow stamens and a pistil, slightly lemon scented, opening in May. In order to bear fruit it requires around 130 days without ground frosts. Berries ripen in August and fall immediately. Female clone with bisexual characteristics; it starts bearing fruit in its fourth or fifth year after planting. Pruning is best done in late autumn or winter (before the vegetation period), or in summer after the stems have partially grown thick and woody; otherwise the vine will bleed sap.
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