Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia creeper

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber


Autumn colour, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (49389)

Plant details

This is a vigorous climber from North America which needs a large garden to be seen to best effect. It makes an attractive foliage plant especially with its fantastic autumn colours. To ensure fiery red foliage in autumn it is best grown in light, dappled shade. Insignificant green flowers in summer aref ollowed by blue-black berries. Plants are self-clinging but need some help to get started, so tie to netting or trellis at the base of a wall. Once it has filled its designated space, it can be pruned back every winter or early spring without ill effect. It has been given the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Vitaceae

Genus: Parthenocissus

Species: quinquefolia

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

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i love plants .a great oppertunity to learn about plants and their care.


ive a big wall that needs covering and i think the virginia creeper is the folage im looking for,thanks garderners world.

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