Parthenocissus quinquefolia Red Wall® - Virginia creeper Description
Hide unsightly chain link fences or transform utility poles into lush columns of foliage with this easy, fast growing vine!
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a super fast growing deciduous climbing vine noted for outstanding fall color and blue fruit. Their dramatic form can enhance almost any garden or building structure. Shapely, attractive 5-pointed dark green leaves turn a stunning fiery red color in fall. Self-clinging, it will attach itself to supports via aerial roots including walls and tree trunks. Can grow 20-30 feet high and 5-10 feet wide. Requires a solid support structure. This native climber is ultra hardy (Zone 3-9) provides quick coverage, requires little maintenance while providing a trouble free performance.
How to grow
- Grow in sun to full shade
- Space 5-10 feet apart
- Adaptable to a wide range of soils and ph - from moist to dry. highly tolerant of clay soil
- Tolerates Black walnut.
- Small flowers in June-July that turn into round fruit. Attractive to birds but toxic to humans and should be cut off if you have children.
- Self clinging. They may need early guidance of a string or wire until they are able to establish contact.
- Prune if needed to control size and remove dead wood. Extensive pruning should be done in spring
- Due to its vigorous growth, fertilizer is not needed, but can be added in spring for more lush growth.
Designing with Virginia creeper
Planting on a solid made pergola enable climbers to be viewed from all sides. They can be used to add height to an otherwise flat garden and also create an area of privacy and seclusion.
Install pillars or other solid structure within a perennial border to add a focal point.
Well suited as a groundcover in areas where are allowed to ramble. Particularly useful on slopes and banks or areas of erosion where other plants fail to establish themselves. They are highly salt tolerant so can be planted near a road.
Intersperse with other vigorous climbers - such as Clematis paniculata which blooms in fall. The white blooms of Clematis paired with the red foliage of Virginia creeper is nothing short of stunning.
Stunning background feature to a rain garden.
Special features: Cold hardy, Color change, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fast growing, Fall color, Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Pest resistant, Season extender
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Parthenocissus quinquefolia 'Troki' Red Wall
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Full sun, Part shade, Shade
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20-30' x 5-10'
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Cottage gardening, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Privacy, Rain garden, Screen, Vines and climbers
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Soil:Tolerant of a wide variety of soil, including clay
Light: Full sun to Shade
Water: Water needs are average.
Spacing: Space generously 6-10 feet apart
Fertilizing: While fertilizing is often unnecessary, if you have poorer soil, you may apply a slow release type such as "Osmotcote" in the spring.
Winterizing: Non needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Prune the vines once each year (in late winter), so as to check the rapid growth. Simply prune away any growth that is out of place (that is, either vines that are sticking out in an unsightly way or vines that have grown beyond the territory that you want them to cover). The vines respond well to pruning, so have no fear!
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