Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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3 lt pot (60cm cane) £23.99 £16.79
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Buy Parthenocissus quinquefolia virginia creeper: Vivid scarlet leaves in autumn

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Justifiably popular thanks to its unrivalled autumn colour, this vigorous creeper nonetheless needs to be handled with care. Its five-pointed, deeply divided, mid-green leaves turn brilliant shades of crimson red in autumn and there are occasionally dark purple berries to add to the mix. It's a showstopping plant that will quickly romp across a large wall but it needs lots of space, regular pruning and will smother other plants it finds in its way. All of this makes it an unsuitable choice for small gardens or for laissez-faire gardeners.

  • Garden care: Provide some support until the plant is well established (this may take up to two years). Once established, tie in stray shoots and prune in autumn or early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten; skin irritant

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Notes on Parthenocissus quinquefolia

"A chimney reacher but also a vigorous pergola plant among vines - small yellow flowers sustain bees and hoverflies and the five-lobed leaves turn wine-red in autumn"

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Matched my expectations and covered the bare bricks beautifully. Well posted and in great condition.




Great service and a lovely plant


My order arrived very quickly (today) and was securely packaged. Lovely, healthy little plant. I planted it out as soon as I got home from work and am hoping it'll soon start to thrive. Great service - I'm about to place an order for another plant this evening.


North Tyneside


Just as I had wished for !!


Bought to give cover to old barn . Once it had taken it shot up and clung on to the barn wall . Leaves turned crimson when Autumn came . So pleased with this and will purchase another next year . The plant was extremely well packed and also very healthy . Very pleased with my choice and the Company Crocus . Will definitely use again .




showstopping autumn colour


Lovely self climbing autumn climber, has had a good start (planted it quite early on in year) however it loses its leaves after turning the shade of red i was waiting all year for, being deciduous. It looks very bare now in December but looking forward to it getting bigger and redder next year! Such a great alternative to boring ivy,but at least the ivy doesnt shed its leaves. Another alternative is the passion flower climber but it does tend to take over extremely quickly!




beautiful plant


This plant is gorgeous,I ordered two to meet in the middle of my garden arch and they are both really healthy with glossy leaves. Would buy from this site again.




Great Quality


I had never bought plants by mail before but liked the very wide selection of plants offered by Crocus; some of them hard to find elsewhere. I placed my first order with Crocus on Monday and my plants were delivered today (Wednesday), They are all well grown, healthy plants in prime condition. The Virginia Creeper was tall & bushy and well supported in its box. All the plants were very well packed and came with planting and care instructions. There was a small delivery surcharge as we live off-shore, but still not expensive. I will definitely be buying from Crocus again and would recommend them.

Island Gardener

Isle of Wight


Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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Hello! I have a big, ugly brick wall in my back yard 4m wide and 2.5m high. I am hoping to grow Virginia creeper to cover it- but it would need to be in pots. Can you advise as to how many plants I would need to ultimately cover the whole wall, ideal size of pots and how far apart I should position the pots? -Many thanks!


I'm afraid I would not advise planting the Parthenocissus in pots as they will not flourish for any length of time.


I would prefer "Boston Ivy" if at all possible - I am used to managing Hedera ivy! - can we maintain and manage Parthenocissus by pruning etc in very shady area (North) thanks regards NotKath


Hello, The Boston ivies can tolerate some shade, but they tend not to flourish in very heavy shade. As for pruning, they are big plants so I would not restrict them too much, but you can remove any stems that have come loose.


Would it be suitable to grow through a boring wild plum hedge in very poor freedrained soil?


Hello there It would grow through a hedge but will need a relatively fertile, well drained soil. I would try and improve the soil first by digging in lots of organic matter.

We have an east facing side passage that Leeds to our front door and a small courtyard which is the height of our house and our neighbours. It only gets approx 3 to 4 hours sun before mid day then is in full shade, are there any climbers that could cope with this? We don't want ivy as our neighbour all ready grows it.


Hello, I'm afraid ivy would probably be the best option as it will be the plant best able to cope with the low light, however if you rally don't want one of these, then you could try one of the climbing hydrangeas - just don't expect too many flowers.


Will this plant damage the wall it is grown on?


Hello, It is very unlikely to damage a sound wall, but if the plaster, render or mortar is loose, then it may.


I am lookng for an evergreen climber to cover a long back fence in a large garden. I wanted something that has vivid red leaves but doesnt lose them in winter. Something fast growing and a wide spread if you can help. Thanks karen


Unfortunately we don't have an evergreen climber with red leaves. We do sell evergreen climbers,- I have attached a link below. Hope this helps.

Hello, Can I grow virginia creeper on the same wall as ivy? Looking for evergreen cover! Thanks :-)


Hello, Only if you have a very big wall as the Virginia creeper, which is not evergreen, gets really big.


We would like to plant a Virginia creeper on our garden wall - when is the best time of year? Many thanks


Hello there As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered. Hope this helps


Hi Crocus. > > I wondered what height the virginia creeper comes when purchased (e.g. the 2L pot) and if it is suitable for the following. To Plant in a 1m wide and 30 cm across planter - I can make the planter deep if needed. > - I want it to grow up a bin store 1m wide by 5m high and then over the roof of said binstore. I would like something fast growing but that can be controlled :-) > > Does it sound ok? I have made a sort of trellise from wooden brances to help something climb up > > Kind regards and look forward to any advice


Hello, Our Parthenocissus are normally despatched in 2 or 3 litre pots growing up 60cm canes, however they will be dormant at this time of year. For the size of space you would like to fill I would recommend the smaller Parthenocissus henryana as the other varieties of virginia creeper are very vigorous and can easily get out of control. The size of your planter sounds fine but if you can make it deep or if you can make the planter so that it is like a raised bed effect and the plant can grow down into the soil below then this would be very beneficial. If grown just in the planter you will need to keep it well watered especially during dry spells and I would suggest topdressing it every year with fresh compost and a slow-release fertiliser. The plant will need some support until well established. Once established, tie in stray shoots and prune in autumn or early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on any windows, guttering or roofs. I hope this helps. Sarah

Climber for South facing wall Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, Roland


Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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