Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Description: A very popular large deciduous climber noted especially for its large rich green five lobed leaves which turn spectacular colour in autumn. Shades of rich purple and plum turn to a deep red before falling. A large plant is a memorable sight at this time of year. It has a vigorous habit so space needed to reduce the maintenance or regular trimming.

Uses: As a climbing plant suitable for a large wall or a pergola as well as along a fence or even through a tree. Only partially self climbing as it has some tendrils and sucker pads but strong support and tying in of shoots on young plants is needed.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade.

Height/Spread: A vigorous species still likely to reach 10 - 20 metres

Soil Requirements: Humus rich and moisture retentive soils. Tolerant of urban pollution.

Pruning: Prune as necessary at any time to control shape and size. Cut back to a strong bud and tie in new growth.

Special Requirements: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Additional Interest: quinquifolia meaning five leaflets referring to the leaf shape. Has many other common names in its native USA. Has also been listed under several botanical names including Ampelopsis quinquefolia.