What: Parthenocissus henryana is an outstanding vine for Northwest gardens. Its distinctive leaves have three to five leaflets with beautiful silver veins decorating them. The leaves have deep burgundy undersides and are often flushed with purple as well. This vine develops spectacular red fall color — strongest in full sun — before dropping its leaves for winter. Silvervein creeper is self-clinging, attaching to garden walls or trees (that it will not harm). It is especially effective along a dark background or against a contrasting wall. Unlike most vines, Parthenocissus henryana is suitable for the lower light conditions of north-facing walls or woodlands.
Where: This clinging vine provides its best foliage color in light to dappled shade. It will tolerate full sun, but the delicate silver veining fades to green. Provide a location with well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sand and clay soils.
Size: The vine will grow to be 35 feet long in 10 years.
Care: Once established, silvervein creeper only requires occasional watering during dry weather. The vine can take a few years to settle in, but regular watering will speed it along. Provide ample space for this vine to grow. It can be pruned in winter or early to mid-summer.
— Richie Steffen,
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