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Silvervein Creeper*

Parthenocissus henryana

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Silvervein Creeper (Parthenocissus henryana) at Shonnard's Nursery

Silvervein Creeper foliage

Silvervein Creeper foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Silver Vein Creeper, Chinese Virginia Creeper

Brand:  Monrovia


A popular self clinging vine for screening, excellent along fences and arbors, up the sides of houses or climbing trees; features five-lobed leaves with strong silver veining and burgundy undersides; blazing red-orange fall color; small black berries

Ornamental Features

Silvervein Creeper has forest green foliage with silver veins and tinges of burgundy which emerges purple in spring on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The serrated palmate leaves turn outstanding shades of red and in the fall. It produces black berries from mid summer to early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Silvervein Creeper is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silvervein Creeper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Silvervein Creeper will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Garden 
Fruit  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features