(False Virginia Creeper, Grape Woodbine)
Parthenocissus inserta (vitacea)
The Thicket Creeper resembles the Virginia Creeper like one egg another, however it is not a self-clinging climber, hence offers new perspectives in façade greening. It hardly ever forms those often annoying adhesive pads, and with proper growth supports, damages to buildings are practically impossible. As a small climbing shrub, it is a native of the eastern parts of North America. 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.
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.
Flower and Fruit
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.
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.