Engelmann Ivy (aka. Virginia Creeper) is a large, fast-growing, five-leaved ivy. Overall this is a great grower and hardy to Midwestern zones, and while it’s not a true icy, it is a spectacular vine. The leaves start out as white and green and then showcase an excellent burgundy fall color. It can work as a climber or a groundcover, but it will cling to masonry such as stone, cement, and brick.
Berries are attractive to birds and provide a valuable winter food source but are poisonous to humans.
Prune in the later winter and early spring to control their growth and direction. Stems can be pruned back to 10″ to control aggressive or unwanted growth. Engelmann Ivy should be planted near a fence, trellis, or other vertical structure to support it. This vine is low maintenance and is extremely drought tolerant once established.
Engelmann Ivy in general has no known serious issues.
Most plants can be prone to common, ornamental (non-lethal) issues caused by various environmental conditions. This vine may be susceptible to wilt/stem rot (potentially fatal), powdery mildew, leaf spots, rust, and viruses. Potential insect pests include aphids, vine weevils, slugs, snails, scale, and earwigs. Watch for spider mites. Alleviate these common issues with over-the-counter insecticides or pesticides.
Because of its aggressive growth, this variety of ivy can overburden slower-growing trees, causing severe damage or pre-mature death.
The vigorous roots can penetrate a rock foundation and extend long distances, causing cracks in floors and drains.
Native to eastern and central North American, southern Canada, eastern Mexico, and Guatemala, this ivy has many other names, including Virginia Creeper, Victoria Creeper, five-leaved ivy, or five-finger.
The name Parthenocissus quinquefolia is derived from the Greek meaning ‘five-leaved virgin ivy’. It’s frequently used to cover telephone poles or tree trunks, but remember that it can overburden slower-growing trees, causing severe damage or pre-mature death.
Begonia, Geranium, Ornamental Grass, Barberry, Juniper