A time honoured garden climber that is adored for its magnificent orange and red, early autumn show. It also has the admirable ability to cover large areas quickly.
Virginia Creeper leaves are made up of five, oval shaped leaflets, hence the botanical name Parthenocissus ‘quinquefolia’. Parthenocissus is formed from two Greek words, parthenos – virgin and kissos – ivy. The new spring leaves have a handsome bronze/purple blush and mature to a lush green.
Virginia Creeper requires no support as it is self clinging and will grow easily on fences, retaining walls, walls, through trees, as a ground cover, slopes, pergolas etc.
Small white flowers form in the leaf axils in summer; they are followed by dark, ornamental berries. Neither are stand out features of the plant, but birds will enjoy the berries. Once the leaves fall, they can be quite decorative.
Virginia Creeper is easy care, simply plant in moderately fertile, to humus rich, well drained soil. Grow in a full sun to part shade position, while very understanding of shade, you will get the best autumn colour in a sunny spot. Water in, they become dry tolerant once established. They are pruning group 11, which means you can prune early winter to tidy and summer to control growth if required.
The tendrils are self clinging and while mine can ramble where it likes, if you are fussy about paint then you should know they will mark it.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia is commonly known as Virginia Creeper, Woodbine or American Ivy, though of course it is not an ivy at all.
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