Parthenocissus quinquefolia (eastern North America, naturalised)
Note: The varieties of Parthenocissus that form tendrils without suckers belong to the species P. inserta and are thus trellis climbers; only the varieties that develop tendrils with adhesive pads that are truly self-clinging belong to P. quinquefolia.
Habit: With adhesive pads/self-clinging, 10-15 m tall, 1-2 m wide, hardly covering surfaces, quite clearly vertically extended; medium to fast-growing, 60-90 (120) cm.
Flowers: Inconspicuous, green-white panicles, June to July.
Fruits: Pea-size berries, black with a blue wax coating, from September.
Leaves: Palmate, large, in fives, elongated leaflets; scarlet in autumn, yellow in the shade; turning colours early, end of August to beginning of September.
Demands: Sun to shade, tolerates heat, likes warmth, frost hardy, resistant to wind.
Soil: Moderately dry to fresh, not demanding but robust, on all somewhat nutritious soil, moderately tolerant of salt.
Note: Overhanging, 5-6 m long.
Hardiness: Zone 5a