Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Common Name: Virginia creeper
Genus: Parthenocissus
Species: quinquefolia

Category: Climbers & Wall Shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 15.00 m (1500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

    Justifiably popular thanks to its unrivalled spectacular autumn colour this vigorous creeper none the less needs to be handled with care. Given a sunny spot its five-pointed, deeply divided mid-green leaves turn brilliant shades of crimson-red in autumn and are often followed by dark purple berries. It's a showstopping plant that will quickly romp across a large wall but it needs lots of space, regular pruning and will smother other plants it finds in its way. All of this make it an unsuitable choice for small gardens or for laissez-faire gardeners.

  • Garden care: Provide some support until the plant is well established. (This may take up to two years). Once established tie in stray shoots and prune in early winter to keep the plant within bounds paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows guttering or roofs.

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