The Q&A Archives: Virginia Creeper Planting Advice

Question: Purchased your Star Showers Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus Quinquefolia 'Monbam'). Represented as a climber, and also states is a good ground cover.

What is the best landscaping use of this vine, to climb up on a trellis (vertical) or picket fence (horozontal), or to spread as a ground cover?

Answer: This is a large, spreading or climbing, deciduous vine. It is not really suitable for a trellis because it is so large. It is capable of climbing an oak tree or covering the walls of a building in a solid layer of foliage. It will climb along a chain link fence and make a solid curtain of foliage eventually, however it will also try to grow along the ground and spread along and under and beyond the fence. It is also not suitable for a picket fence if the fence (or other wooden surface) will ever need painting or resealing. The vine uses little sticky pads to cling to its supporting surface and the sticky pads are just about impossible to remove. You can pull the vine down with some effort, but the leftover pads stay stuck for years afterward. If no support is nearby, the vine will spread outward over the ground as a ground cover. When you plant it, keep in mind that like many vines, this one grows slowly for the first year or two and then grows rampantly. The fall color is gorgeous, so that is another feature to keep in mind when deciding where to plant it.

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