(Chinese Virginia creeper)
(Award of Garden Merit)
Originating from China
Vigorous, deciduous climber with dark green leaves, often pink-flushed, with conspicuous white veins, turning brilliant red in autumn. It is the most colourful of all the Virginia creepers, and the least rampant, making it ideal for smaller gardens. This handsome, self-supporting climber is not only beautiful but is useful as it thrives in the shade. It clings to brickwork or fences and trellis by means of suckers and will also scramble through old trees. Although related to grape vine, don't be tempted to try the small blue/black fruits as they may cause mild stomach irritation.
Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in shade/part shade.