Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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9cm pot £9.99 £7.99
available to order from late autumn
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Buy Parthenocissus quinquefolia virginia creeper: Vivid scarlet leaves in winter

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 partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Justifiably popular, thanks to its unrivalled, spectacular autumn colour, this vigorous creeper nonetheless needs to be handled with care. Given a sunny spot, its five-pointed, deeply divided, mid-green leaves turn brilliant shades of crimson red in autumn, and are often followed by dark purple berries. 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.

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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

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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Lovely colour


Great looking plant, taking a bit of time to get started, hopefully will pick up but very nice so far

Gary the Gardener !



Arrived well packaged and healthy!


Arrived well packaged and healthy.




Very tough plant.


I bought this plant for the entrance to my front door. It's slow at first,but soon had long trailing stems once settled in its pot. I'm looking forward to this years autumn show of red. would recommend




Grows quickly and healthily


I wish I would remember to just buy plants from and not be swayed by advertising from others because are definitely the most superior when it comes to products. As soon as I put this plant into the ground I could literally see it growing every day. Its leaves are off now for the winter but I have ever confidence that as soon as the spring comes this one will be vigorous and start to cover the fence again quickly. Great product, great service.

Tea Face





I ordered 6 of these & they came well packaged and healthy. Just a few inches tall but grew at a very fast rate & I was suprised at how quickly they became established! Would definitely order again




Has taken in a very dry site.


It's taken well against a dry shaded fence bordering tall conifers where.very successful. successful




Good for purpose


Wanted to cheer up a bleak north facing wall which meant it had ti be in a container. With heavy rain it dropped its leaves and struggled a bit even with drainage from the container. Growth was initially good. This seems to be quite a tough plant so I am hoping it will establish itself better with a drier summer.


East of England


It's still alive!


As with anything in the garden, patience is a virtue. These were planted last summer and watered in well. We do get prevailing coastal westerlies here so they really need two seasons to have their roots settle. I have great expectation as we have enjoyed a mild winter and all candidates have produced buds.

Oyster Catcher

East Lothian



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Can I grow Virginia Creeper best in clay soil?


Hello Yes this climber will grow in any moist, but well drained soil including clay.


Would it be possible to grow this in a large pot and train against a trellis?


Hello, This is a vigorous plant, that does want to get big, so I would not recommend trying to grow it in a pot.


What is the minimum size of planting bed required to grow Parthenocissus quinquefolia against the wall of a building? I am hoping that it will eventually grow to its full height of 15m.


Hello, The surface area does not need to be large, but the plant will need to be able to get its roots down nice and deep to attain it full potential of 15m.


Hi Can this Virgina creeper be planted in a trough/pot or does it need to be planted in a border?


Hello, This large climber will soon start to feel cramped in a pot, so it really does need to be planted out in the ground.


Hello I have 2 fence panels 180cm wide by 150cm high I wish to cover with Virginia creeper, the panels face east and are in shade from mid morning, how may plants would you recommend to get a good leaf coverage in a couple of years? Many thanks..


Hello, It is difficult to say really as the growth rate will largely be determined by external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients. I would however say that each plant has the potential to get extremely large, so I would advise against planting too densely.


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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Climbers for North East facing wall Hi I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Our house is a Victorian end of terrace - the side of the house faces North-East. The side of the house is very bare (only two tiny windows on ground floor) and we would like to grow something up the wall. We have had trouble with graffiti in the past and want to paint the side of the house and then put trellis to about 7ft. Can you suggest something that would grow quite quickly please. Kind Regards Joanna

Joanna Swainson

Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.

Joanna Swainson

Hello Joanna, If you click on the link below it will take you to our fast growing climbers, which will cope with low light levels. If you click into each card you can then see the eventual height and spread of each plant - some of them are pretty big. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Climbing Plant on a North-Facing Trellis Dear Sir/Madam, Could you recommend a climbing plant for a trellis? The trellis in question is set against my neighbour's wall, and faces northward. So, I'm looking for a plant to provide maximum, attractive, fast-growing coverage. Yours faithfully, Peter

Peter Lawson

Hello Peter, I have done a search on our Plant Finder and if you click on the following link it will take you to all the climbers which will grow on a north facing aspect and are fast growing (although keep in mind most plants are going into their dormant period now) I hope this helps.

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Is my Virginia Creeper OK? A couple of years ago I purchased a Virginia Creeper. However I am now a little concerned because the plant has remained twiggy, with a small amount of growth (only three shoots up the wall) and the leaves all fall off in the winter leaving just twigs. Should I prune it right down to try and encourage growth and bushiness and, if so, am I ok to do this now or do I need to wait until the winter? I did think that this would retain leaves all the year round, is this correct?

Celia Shaw

These are usually pretty tough climbers that grow well once they have had a chance to settle in although that can be spindly when young. They are deciduous, so the leaves will fall off in autumn to leave bare stems over winter. I wouldn't recommend pruning it as this will just set it back even further. However I would try to improve the growing conditions before you dig it up. Feed the plant with a balanced fertiliser, such as Growmore and mulch well around the base of the plant with some organic matter, such as well-rotted horse manure. The feed will help encourage some new growth and the mulch will help to retain soil moisture and improve the existing soil. Then keep the plant well watered in dry weather and hopefully it should produce some more shoots this year.


What climber can I grow in a shady area? I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?

william high

There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours


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