Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia creeper

Outstanding Qualities

Virginia creeper is one of the best vines for fall color. The divided leaves quickly turn a vibrant crimson red with a brilliance not soon forgotten. In spring fresh green leave emerge and quickly turn to a deep dark green for the summer. This is a vigorous vine that can easily cover a shed, fence or rockery. It is very easy to grow and tolerates tough growing conditions.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’, Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’, Leycesteria formosa, Cotinus ‘Grace’

Great Color Contrasts: gold, purple, white

Great Color Partners: green, orange, red

Culture Notes

This is a very adaptable vine. The best fall color is in full sun, but it will tolerate light to dappled shade and still give a good autumn show. It will tolerate a wide range of soils from moist to well-drained and sandy or clay. Once established it is drought tolerant, but will grow faster with occasional watering during dry weather.

© - Manfred Heyde

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established