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Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

is a fully hardy perennial deciduous vine with white flowers in late Spring and early Summer. It grows well in any light situation., and prefers low levels of water. This plant requires a minimum of 130 frost free days to grow successfully. It has high drought tolerance. It looks best in Autumn and Summer.



Be very careful before planting this as it is very vigorous and can cause damage to brickwork as it is self clinging.


Parthenocissus quinquefolia grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5). It is adapted to clay, silt, loam, silty clay, sandy clay, clay loam, silt loam, sandy loam, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam soils, and prefers low fertility.


This is a prostrate plant and has a stoloniferous growth form, and has an ultimate height of 9m / 29.5ft and spread of 2.5m / 8.2ft. It can take 6-10 years to reach its ultimate height.. The vegetative spread rate is fast.

Height at ...

  • 20 years 0.3m / 11.8in


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and yellow and pink in Autumn. They are aristate in shape.


The plant is happy in any situation, exposed or sheltered.


Arbor or trellis, attractive foliage and wall side.


Hedge (none).

Fruit and seed

There is a low fruit/seed abundance beginning in Spring and ending in Autumn.

Progagation and germination

Propagation techniques include bare root, container and seed. The seed can be germinated by cold stratification / cold moist prechilling.


United States.

-39°C / -38.2F 5 to 7.5 6-10 years 9m / 29.5ft 2.5m / 8.2ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Parthenocissus
Specific epithet ? quinquefolia
Common names
Virginia creeper (United States)
User notes have orange headings. All other information is made up from editing attributes. IPNI details on Parthenocissus quinquefolia
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