Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-20cm
Characteristics: Semi-evergreen plant, climbs using tendrils, vivid red foliage in autumn, inedible blue berries
Growth & Spread: Height 10m - 20m, Spread 4m - 6m
Flourishing Season: Late summer to autumn
Water & Maintenance: Regular watering when young, low maintenance, lots of pruning required
Deciduous Parthenocissus Quinquefolia, commonly known as the ‘American Ivy’ or ‘Virginia Creeper’, is an aggressive climber, its only intention being to take over walls. Yes, this native American vine has tendrils attached to disk-like suckers that will stick to any surface and rise towards the blue.
This Virginia Creeper is hardy and can survive in severe locations. It produces dense green foliage of palmate or 5 lobed leaves that turn strong yellow in shade and brilliant orange-red in autumn. If the growth is not controlled, these vigorous climbing plants can reach heights of up to 30 metres!
American Ivy grows well in any fertile but well-drained soil, in fact it adapts to moist, chalk, clay, sand or loam soil types. It can establish quite strong adhesive tendrils that can cause damage to buildings.
American Ivy is grown in landscape gardens but is not suitable for small gardens. You can grow it as an ornamental plant and let it cover old walls and rock piles.
It will hamper the growth of other small plants around, if not harm them completely. Pruning is necessary to keep the growth in control. Prune in late winters and summer, watch out for free shoots.
American Ivy can be a fine choice if you are nature loving and looking for a semi-evergreen climber plant that can cover walls with pleasing red foliage in autumn.
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