Parthenocissus quinquefolia is a member of the Vitaceae family and is a native of America. For the Virginia creeper vine, spring and summer are considered to be the time when the plant has its most intense growth.
In the wild, this perennial vine reaches a height of 20 – 30 metres and smooth surfaces are best for this climber to climb on with the help of it small forked tendrils.
The advantage of growing this vine is its compatibility with a variety of soil types ranging from dry sandy soils to moist loamy soils. However, it does best in acidic soils. For light requirements, partial shade to full sun is preferred by the plant. Also, the plant happens to be a salt-tolerant, thus, can be grown near the roadside. The vine is even drought-tolerant. However, watering it every week and soaking the soil at least six inches, adds to the health of the creeper.
Thanks to the thick foliage produced by the vine, it provides for a place to stay for small animals. When planted in shaded areas and on slopes, the vine actually helps in preventing soil erosion.
Because of its deep red to burgundy autumn foliage, the plant is popularly used as an ornamental. The vine can be used to transform uninteresting walls, trellises, masonry walls, arbors or fences into things of beauty.
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