The Virginia Creeper is a healthy and strong self-clinging vine that is well-known for its beautiful leaf form and autumn colouring. The species originates from North America and is amongst the most popular climbing plants.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia "Engelmannii" (American Ivy, Five Leaved Ivy)
Sunny (full sun) to (semi-)shaded location/position, will develop more beautiful autumn colours in the sun. Distance between plants: 3 - 6 metres.
This vine has both tendrils and adhesive pads, vigorous growth, and a yearly shoot growth of 1 - 3 metres, often cascading. Depending on the variety, has young stems are reddish and leaves are large, strong, smooth, or filigree ("Engelmannii"). Often the closely related P. inserta is available under the name of P. quinquefolia, which does not stick to walls. Exceptionally healthy foliage, and extremely frost-hardy. Foliage from May to October. Intense autumn colour! Can cause building/structural damage. The inconspicuous green-yellow flowers in early summer are followed by blue-black berries on decorative red stalks. They are a favourite food for birds, who then leave their bright blue 'droppings.' Summer and winter prune as needed to restrain the vigorous growth habit. The plants are very easily shaped into any form. Partenocissus quinquefolia is also a wild plant, but the wild variety doesn't adhere well to walls and facades at all and is not particularly suited for building greening.
Additional support to attach the plant and to prevent collapsing is recommended. However, in some cases and especially on wind-exposed walls, rope systems (see below) as basic support systems to prevent collapsing may be required. For very tall walls, the medium classic wire rope systems may be required.