2016|11|17

#01: Blood-red swirl of colors – Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Veitchii’

Fig.: red Veitchii | as it would be a huge painting – in autumn the Veitchii presents his impressive colors
Foto: GREEN4CITIES


 

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The colorful green wall star of the month is red vine or Japanese creeper. It’s botanical name is Parthenocissus tricuspidata. It shines in the brightest yellow, orange, and, finally, rich reds in the autumn. Its spectacular fall foliage and rapid growth make it the most popular plant for green walls. You’ll find out why here.

Veitchii, or wild vine, is a fast-growing climbing shrub that covers both sunny and shady walls, pergolas, arches, and trellises with its foliage in no time. It can reach a height of more than 20 meters and is a self-climber. Its shoots anchor themselves on walls using adhesive discs on their undersides.

Damage-free and extremely cost-effective green wall variant

The young plants are inexpensive and grow reliably, even with drastic pruning. In Vienna, “Veitchii” is clearly the most-used climber for facades and vertical components. “Veitchii” was brought from Asia to Europe in 1860 by the eponymous British botanist John Gould Veitch. From 1868, “Veitchii” was sold by the horticultural company Veitch & Sons and became an absolute bestseller in a very short time. It can therefore be described as an example of successful integration of a species into the native stock.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata or Boston Ivy – as Veitchii is also called – originated in China, Japan, and Korea, and grows in lowland forests, riparian woodlands, and moist mixed mountain forests. The plant can climb on almost all surfaces without climbing help and without causing damage. Veitchii’s leaves are three-lobed and its greenish-yellow flowers open in the first half of the summer. In the fall, small, fuzzy, inedible blue-black berries appear.

 

Operatic displays of autumn colors

The absolute highlight is the striking autumn colors produced by the otherwise dark-green foliage. It turns every facade into a wonderful swirl of colors. The spectacle is particularly impressive with a low-hanging sun. The ideal planting time is between late autumn and early spring. It can be cut back in the autumn after the leaves fall.

 

Plant your Veitchii now before the winter and let your facade shine in brilliance!


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Botanical name: Parthenocissus tricuspidata Veitchii’
English name: Veitchii, Wild Vine, Japense Creeper, Grape Ivy, or Boston Ivy
Family: Vitaceae (grapevine family)
Origin: North America, East Asia, Himalayan Region

Inconspicuous yellow-white blossoms in June-August
From October inedible, soft berries approx. 8 mm wide
Winter hardy and deciduous
For façade vegetation of all kinds: retaining walls, noise protection walls, fire walls, and trellises and arbors
Height up to about 20 m, self-climbing, sunny or shady locations, fertile, well-drained soil


 

Author: Romana Graf, BSc
GREEN4CITIES