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Parthenocissus henryana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Red in Autumn
White and Dark Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Dark Blue in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Chinese Virginia creeper

Family

Vitaceae


Parthenocissus are vigorous deciduous climbers with either tendrils or disk-like suckers, and lobed or palmate leaves which often colour brilliantly in autumn. Inconspicuous green flowers are sometimes followed by attractive blue or black berries

P. henryana is a vigorous large deciduous climber, the leaves dark velvety green or tinged bronze, with 3-5 silvery-veined leaflets. Small dark blue berries amongst reddish foliage in autumn

Other common names

  • silver-vein creeper

Synonym(s)

  • Ampelopsis henryana
  • Cissus henryana hort.
  • Vitis henryana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

For the best autumn colour, site in partial shade or full shade. It thrives in any fertile, well-drained soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in early winter, can also be cut back in summer if need be

Diseases

Generally disease free