Sunny (full sun) to (semi-)shaded Position, will develop more beautiful autumn colours in the sun. No particular soil requirements.
A vine with tendrils, yearly shoot growth 1 - 3 metres. Young shoots green rather than reddish of related species. Can also overhang like a bridal train. Tendrils simply forked, hardly any adhesive pads. Only occasionally in dark shade will the tendrils form some adhesive pads. Very healthy foliage, from May to October.
- Autumn foliage of Grape Woodbine on a cast iron railing
- Green shoot in spring on the Sanssouci example described by H. Guenther
- The intense leaf colour can last for several weeks during mild weather
- Beginning autumn colouring
- It can be assumed that the common German name "virgin grape" has been derived from the blue, apparently not fertilised, inedible berries.
Inconspicuous, tiny green-yellow flowers in early summer, then small deep blue berries on very decorative red stalks. Bird food, followed by strongly staining faeces.
All kinds of rods, meshes and ropes. For suitable growth support systems see below. Light, for optimal development also Medium Support Systems, for heights in excess of 5 metres better Heavy Duty Support Systems. Light and Medium, but better Heavy Duty Support Systems.
- Occasionally, and particularly in heavy shade, even this species can form some adhesive pads, here below a stone window sill of the described example of Potsdam-Sanssouci.
- Spur pruning in winter is similar to the spur pruning of the true grapevine.
- A woody tendril
- Wall greening with P. vitacea
Summer and winter pruning as needed, to restrain the vigorous growth habit (branch formation). The plants are very easily shaped into any form. At times, pruning in late autumn is required to shorten the long shoots and then spur pruning as for the "true" grapevines.
Difficult to obtain. But, based on experience, about one third of commercially available "P. quinquefolia (Engelmannii) are in fact examples of P. inserta.
- Thicket Creeper trained into angled shape.
- Cascading / overhanging growth
- Thicket Creeper on trellis system 4030, after the initial autumn pruning. Photo above with foliage.