The Q&A Archives: Ornamental Grape

Question: I would like to know the name of a variety of grapevine which is mainly ornamental, and whose foliage turns scarlet in the Fall. Can you tell me the name of this vine?

Answer: This plant is Parthenocissus henryana, or Silvervein Creeper. It has leaves formed by five leaflets which open purplish, then turn dark bronzy green with pronounced siler veining and purple undersides. In the autumn the leaves turn a rich red. This plant clings to walls by sucker discs at the ends of tenrils, and can be trained along a wooden or wire support, much like grape vines.

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