The Thicket Creeper resembles the Virginia Creeper as one egg does another, however it is NOT a self-clinging climber, and hence offers new perspectives in façade greening. It hardly ever forms those often annoying adhesive pads, and with proper growth supports, damage to buildings is practically impossible. As a small climbing shrub, it is a native of the eastern parts of North America. Its botanical classification and name are debated, but has been described, among others, by Harri Guenther in "Woody Plants in the Gardens of Sanssouci," ("Gehoelze in den Gaerten von Sanssouci"), which forms the base of the information provided here.
Parthenocissus inserta vitacea - False Virginia Creeper, Grape Woodbine)
Needs a sunny (full sun) to (semi-)shaded position/location; will develop more beautiful autumn colours in the sun. No particular soil requirements. Distance between plants: 3 - 6 metres.
Native to eastern North America, this vine with tendrils (climbing shrub) has a yearly shoot growth of 1-3 metres. Young shoots are green rather than reddish (compared with related species). Can also overhang/cascade like a bridal train. Tendrils are simply forked, have hardly any adhesive pads. Only occasionally- on dark walls and strong shade- will the tendrils form some adhesive pads (1-2 pads per tendril). Very healthy foliage, appearing May - October. Has inconspicuous, tiny green-yellow flowers in early summer, then small deep-blue berries on very decorative red stalks. Readily eaten by birds, followed by the birds' dark-coloured 'droppings' which can stain hanging laundry or terrace planks. Summer and winter prune as needed to restrain the vigorous growth (branch formation). The plants are very easily shaped into any form. At times, pruning in late autumn is required to shorten the long shoots, followed by spur pruning as for the "true" grapevines.
Note: In Switzerland, the young vine is regarded as a "neophyte with invasive potential" because it can also spread wild along roadsides and in forests.