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Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
8m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Other names

Virginia creeper, Wild wood vine, Woodbine, Five-leaved ivy, Five-leaves, True Virginia creeper, American ivy, American woodbine, False grape, Vitis quinquefolia, Ampelopsis hederacea, Ampelopsis quinquefolia

Genus

Parthenocissus Parthenocissus

Species

P. quinquefolia - P. quinquefolia is a vigorous, self-clinging climber with five-pointed, deeply divided, mid-green leaves which turn brilliant shades of crimson-red in autumn. Unsuitable choice for small gardens.


Parthenocissus quinquefolia is: Deciduous

Habit

Climbing

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Orange, Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Prune in early winter, but will also tolerate summer pruning if needed. Pay particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Layering


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Where to grow

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 8m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Foliage only, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in in any fertile, well-drained soil in any aspect, although locating in full or partial shade will result in the best autumn colour.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Other names

Virginia creeper, Wild wood vine, Woodbine, Five-leaved ivy, Five-leaves, True Virginia creeper, American ivy, American woodbine, False grape, Vitis quinquefolia, Ampelopsis hederacea, Ampelopsis quinquefolia

Genus

Parthenocissus Parthenocissus

Species

P. quinquefolia - P. quinquefolia is a vigorous, self-clinging climber with five-pointed, deeply divided, mid-green leaves which turn brilliant shades of crimson-red in autumn. Unsuitable choice for small gardens.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Climbing

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Orange, Red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Prune in early winter, but will also tolerate summer pruning if needed. Pay particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Layering


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 8m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Foliage only, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in in any fertile, well-drained soil in any aspect, although locating in full or partial shade will result in the best autumn colour.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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