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virginia99
Jun 12, 2017 11:34 AM CST
I have a 15 year old Virginia creeper which was in full leaf last autumn. It spreads across the front of the house and is pruned each year. Sadly not one leaf has appeared this spring and I am devastated. There doesn't seem to be anything amiss with the main root not being too dry or wet. We did have some late frost in April here in Lincs. so I am wondering if this was the cause. Could anyone please advise as to whether it will recover if left, or am I going to have to dig it out and start again?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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sooby
Jun 12, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Welcome!

Virginia creeper grows wild here where it is much colder in winter and frosts can occur as late as June so I'd be surprised if that killed it. Have you scratched a stem to see if it is still green inside?
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plantladylin
Jun 12, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Hi Virginia99, Welcome!

What has the weather been like in your area? II wonder if perhaps your Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) may just be slow coming out of dormancy?
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Lincolnshire
virginia99
Jun 14, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Thank you sooby and plantladylin for your replies. I'm in the Uk and to be honest I think the creeper is dead as the branches show no sign of green.
I hope this reply reaches you as I am new to this site and may not have got to grips with it yet!
Thanks for your input
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sooby
Jun 14, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Yes, we can see your reply and thank you. Virginia creeper here has long since leafed out and your climate there is much milder. Unfortunate that you seem to have lost it. Have you checked near the base of the main stem to see if anything could have girdled it?
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Do the scratch test. Scratch the stem with your fingernail. If there is green beneath the surface, it is alive. If brown or hard, it is dead.

Start near the bottom of the trunk. If you find green, keep going. If you don't, its dead and time to start again.
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Lincolnshire
virginia99
Jun 16, 2017 3:01 AM CST
Hello sooby & daisyl
Glad my replies are getting through.
Root base looks fine yet no green wood showing. I guess it is start again.

Thank you for your input.

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