Virginia creeper, superb in every season

Lovely virginia creeper climbing up a stone wall with a window

Virginia creeper, although sometimes mistaken for ivy, has many advantages when it comes to covering walls and pergolas.

Vivid Virginia creeper facts

NameParthenocissus
FamilyVitaceae
Type – vine

Height – 32 to 65 feet (10 to 20 meters)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – June-July (very light)

Care is very easy and the decorative impact is remarkable.

Planting Virginia creeper

Better to plant Virginia creeper in spring or in fall, when not freezing.

Regularly water over the 1st year after planting.

  • At the beginning, you must tether the plant to the lattice since it isn’t yet able to attach on its own.
  • After a year or two, your Virginia creeper will start climbing on its own to cover your wall.
  • Discover our guidelines on planting shrubs.

Pruning Virginia creeper

Let your Virginia creeper climb as it wishes, that is when it is most beautiful.

If it covers too large a space, or to keep it from obstructing windows and roots, you can prune it anytime.

All there is to know about Virginia creeper

This woody climber has the advantage of growing quickly and of creating true walls of color from the beginning of fall with flamboyant hues of red, yellow and orange.

Just like ivy, its hooks don’t damage old walls, and so there is no problem in letting climb up the wall directly.

Fruits, though beautiful, are poisonous

Smart tip about Virginia creeper

Unlike ivy, Virginia creeper is deciduous, and so the shift of hues along the year is rich and amazing!

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Virginia creeper surrounding a window by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Berries, not edible by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Stone wall with vine (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work