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PARTHENOCISSUS quinquefolia var. engelmannii

Commonly known as Boston ivy, Virginia creeper

Bright scarlet self-clinging Virginia creeper

  • Deciduous - leaves with, usually, 5 oval, sharply toothed leaflets to 12cm (5in) long.
  • Height - 12m-15m (40ft-49ft) or more
  • Spread - 9m (30ft)
  • Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - tendril climber.
  • Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these. - berries can cause mild stomach upset.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - Vitis/Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. engelmannii. considered less vigorous than the species. Invasive and illegal to allow to grow in the wild
  • Place of origin - eastern North America
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf form - Palmate - see photos above
  • Leaf margin - Dentate - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -

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