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Parthenocissus henryana

Chinese Virginia creeper

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Autumn colour



Skill level


Parthenocissus henryana

Plant details

The Chinese Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus henryana, is less vigorous than other Virginia creepers, and is therefore better suited to growing in small gardens. It can be useful for covering a north-facing wall, although its autumn colour is more dramatic with a little sun. Leaves are delicate, with a velvety texture and silvery-white veins. In auumn it becomes a fiery crimson, which is complemented by blue-black berries. 

Grow Parthenocissus henryana in fertile, well-drained soil in partial shade. It's self-clinging but may need some help to get started, so tie in to netting or trellis until established. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Vitaceae

Genus: Parthenocissus

Species: henryana

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 900cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to take cuttings: December to February

Flowering period: June to August

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