Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia | Also known as: American ivy, Five-leaved ivy, Wild wood vine, Woodbine, Vitis quinquefolia, Ampelopsis hederacea, Ampelopsis quinquefolia, | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Like an (attractive) infectious disease, the virginia creeper spreads quickly and changes colouring.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia which is commonly known as Virginia creeper is a climber, making it an ideal choice for the likes of trellises, walls, fences and arches. Leaves come in groups of five leaflets and this plant has green foliage during spring and summer, with warm and enticing orange and red foliage during autumn. Small green flowers will appear in summer, followed by bluish-black berries in autumn. This plant will spread quickly and does require pruning during autumn and the start of winter to keep it in check. Virginia creeper can be grown in any fertile soil as long as it offers good drainage. This climber grows in full sunlight, partial shade and full shade but to obtain optimum autumn colouring it should be planted in partial or full shade.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 15
Spread [m]
  • 4 - 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • layering
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and autumn colour
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years