Broadleaved Evergreen : Conifers : Deciduous Shrubs : Ornamental Shade Trees : Perennials and Ferns : Grasses and Bamboos : Groundcovers : Vines and Creepers : Water Plants


ACTINIDIA (Actinidiaceae)


Actinidia kolomikta

H:to 20m               Z:3

Deciduous, twining vine with purplish young leaves, developing a white to pink blotch at the leaf apex, occasionally spreading toward the slender tip.  fragrant, white, yellow-stamened flowers in May-June become sweet, edible, greenish-yellow fruit in fall.  (Eastern Asia)


 Actinidia macrosperma

H:to 4.50m            Z:5

Large-seed Actinidia with oval, leathery, 3-8cm long leaves, single, white, fragrant, 2-3cm wide flowers and oval, orange-coloured fruit.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1989.


 Actinidia polygama (Silver-vine)

H:to 4.50m            Z:5

Twining vine with thin, smooth, white twigs, silver-white to yellowish, 7-12cm long leaves, bristly beneath.  Small, white, fragrant, flowers, single or in clusters, with yellow or brown anthers in June-July become yellow, edible fruit, having a beak-like extension on the tip.  Fruit used in medicine, young leaves for salad.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1989.  (Eastern Asia)



New Plant Introductions

Our new Chinese plant introductions, are indicated throughout the catalog by our logo

"  ".  Together with our joint venture in Nanjing, China, we have been able to introduce many new plants to the North American Market each year.  If you require further information, please contact our sales department.



AKEBIA (Laridizabalaceae)


Akebia quinata (Five Leaf Akebia)

H:9-12m                Z:5

Slender, twining, deciduous or evergreen vine, depending upon climate, with 3-5cm long, compound leaves.  Strongly vanilla-scented, purplish, nodding flower racemes in April become fleshy, purple, cylindrical fruit.  Fruit and vines used in medicine, wine and food additives; stems used for containers and rope.   (China, Japan, Korea)


CAMPSIS (Bignoniaceae)


Campsis radicans (Trumpet Vine)

H:to 10m               Z:4

Climbing vine with abundant aerial roots, 7cm long, compound leaves comprising  9-11 leaflets each and 5-8cm long, pale-orange and yellow flower clusters in summer.  (Southeastern USA)


Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'

H:to 10m               Z:4

Vigorous vine with small, dark-green, compound leaves with 15 leaflets each and rich, deep-apricot, 8cm wide flowers with darker venation.


CELASTRUS (Celastraceae)


Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)

H:to 7m                  Z:3

Twining vine with smooth, tough twigs, 10cm long leaves, tapering towards the leaf apex.  Terminal flowers become attractive carmine-red and yellow fruit on female plants.  (N. America)



CLEMATIS (Ranunculaceae)


Clematis armandii (Evergreen Clematis)

H:to 9m                  Z:7

Evergreen climber with bronze new growth, glossy dark-green, prominently-veined leaves and dense, fragrant, pure-white to cream, 6.5cm wide flower clusters in April-May, rose-tinted in spring.  Stems used in medicine.  (Central/Southeastern China)



Clematis hybrids (Assorted varieties)

A large selection of Clematis varieties are available.  Please contact our sales department for current availability.


HYDRANGEA (Hydrangeaceae)


Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

(Climbing Hydrangea)

H:5-20m                Z:5

Deciduous climber with peeling, cinnamon-coloured stems, bright-green leaf buds, finely-toothed leaves, bright-yellow in fall.  Numerous, small, off-white, lacecap flowers in large, flat, clusters in summer.  Prefers partial shade.  Entire plant used in medicine.  (Southwestern, Central, Eastern China)


JASMINUM (Oleaceae)


Jasminum floridum (Yellow Jasmine)

H:to 6m                  Z:7

Vigorous, semi-deciduous vine with dark-green foliage and lightly fragrant, rich-yellow flowers early summer.  (China)


Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

H:3-5m                   Z:5

Slender, deciduous, arching shrub with smooth, dark-green, compound leaves, having 3 leaflets each.  Solitary, 3cm wide, yellow flowers from winter to early spring.  (Western China)


Jasminum officinale (White Jasmine)

H:to 6m                  Z:6

Deciduous twining shrub with fragrant, white, 2cm wide flowers, up to 5 per cyme, from summer to early fall.  (Yunnan, Sichuan, Tibet of China)


Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine)

H:to 6m                  Z:8

Semi-evergreen to evergreen climbing shrub with 7-12cm long leaves comprising 5-7 leaflets and numerous, reddish, fragrant flower panicles with white interiors in summer.  (Yunnan Province, Guizhou, China)


LONICERA (Caprifoliaceae)


Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame'


H:to 4m                  Z:4

Deciduous, spreading shrub with 6cm long leaves and abundant, pink, fragrant, 4cm wide flowers with yellow interiors in whorls on terminal spikes, becoming red fruit in summer.


Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'

(Hall's Honeysuckle)

H:6-9m                   Z:5

Semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub with rich-green, hairy young leaves and paired, fragrant, white flowers, becoming yellow, followed by blue-black fruit in spring-summer.  Flowers used in medicine.  (Eastern Asia)


MELLETIA (Leguminosae)


Mellittia reticulata (Evergreen Wisteria)

H:1m                      Z:8

Vigorous, twining vine with purple flower racemes in mid-late summer.




Parthenocissus henryana

H:to 18m               Z:7

Deciduous, woody vine with long, dark, velvety-green, compound leaves on long stalks with pink and silver venation and brilliant-red fall colour.  (Central China)


Parthenocissus quinquefolia

(Virginia Creeper)

H:to 15m               Z:3

Radiating, compound leaves on long stalks have 3-5 leaflets each, brilliant scarlet-red in fall, developing blue-black fruit.  (Eastern USA)


Parthenocissus quinquefolia

var. engelmannii

H:to 15m               Z:3

Similar to P. quinquefolia with smaller, more self-climbing foliage.


Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

(Boston Ivy)

H:to 15m               Z:5B

Tough, self-climbing vine with small, simple or jagged, shallowly-lobed, puckered leaves, dark-purple when young, purple-red in fall.  Roots and stems used in medicine, fruit for wine.  (Northeastern, Eastern, Southeastern China)




POLYGONUM (Polygonaceae)


Polygonum aubertii (Silver Lace Vine)

H:6-15m                Z:4

Rampant, twining, woody vine with smooth, 3-10cm long leaves and greenish-white to pink flower panicles from summer-fall.  (Western China, Tibet)



WISTERIA (Leguminosae)

H:to 10m               Z:5

Deciduous, high-climbing vines with large, pendulous, blue, white or lilac flowers.


Wisteria brachybotrys 'Alba'

( syn W. fl. 'Shirokapitan')

White, fragrant flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Alba'

( syn W. fl. 'Showa Shiro Fuji')

White flowers with yellow throats.


Wisteria floribunda 'Albo Rosea'

( syn W. fl. 'Akebono-fuji')

Pink, fragrant flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Black Dragon'

(Yae Kokuryu)

Double, dark-purple flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Fragrantissima'

( syn W. fl. 'Jakoo Fuji')

White, fragrant flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Kyushaku Murasaki'

Blue-violet, slightly-fragrant flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys'

( syn W. fl. 'Kyushaku Fuji')

Purple-pink to lilac flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys Alba'

White flowers with yellow throats.





(Wisteria continued)


Wisteria floribunda 'Murasaki-Issai'

Blue-violet flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Murasaki Kapitan'

Purple flowers.


Wisteria floribunda 'Nana'

( syn W. fl. 'Issai Fuji')

Bluish to light, purple-pink flowers with yellowish-white throats.


Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea'

( syn W. fl. 'Showa Beni Fuji')

Purple-winged, light-pink, slightly-fragrant, flowers in long trusses.


Wisteria floribunda 'Royal Purple'

(Hitoe Kokuryu/Single Black Dragon)

Single, dark-purple flowers.


Wisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria)

H:to 10m               Z:6B

Hardy, vigorous, twining vine with profuse, fragrant, bluish-violet, 30cm long flower racemes in late spring.  Stem, bark and flowers used in  medicine, flowers used in cosmetics, seeds used as antiseptic.  (Northeastern, Guangdong, China)




Plant Labels

We label all of our plants with waterproof stake or wrap tags.  Our tags show the full botanical name as well as a brief description of the plant.  Picture tags are also available for selected items



 Wisteria venusta

H:to 10m               Z:7

Vigorous anti-clockwise twining vine with attractive, compound leaves, having 9-13 leaflets each, light golden-green when young, sometimes bronze-tinged, late falling  White, sweetly-scented, 20-35 flowers per raceme, appear with the leaves in April-May, pink-tinged in summer.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Japan)




B.F.      Bush Form

T.F.      Tree Form

Sgl       Single

Dbl      Double

Stkd     Staked

B&B     Balled & Burlapped

Sculpt  Sculptured

Cnt       Container

Clmp    Clump



Wild Dragon™ Series

Piroche Plants has introduced, within this catalog, the Wild Dragon™ Series.  Piroche Plants Research and Development is offering this improved selection of plants as a result of our continuous, large scale research, both in Canada and China.  The plants in the Wild Dragon™ Series have been selected from the most northern region or highest elevation of their natural habitat.  Further selections from these plants have resulted in improved hardiness to one or two zones lower than previously known.  Other attributes include increased resistance to disease and insects.


Broadleaved Evergreen : Conifers : Deciduous Shrubs : Ornamental Shade Trees : Perennials and Ferns : Grasses and Bamboos : Groundcovers : Vines and Creepers : Water Plants

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