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Virginia Creeper, Woodbine

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Vines

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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Parthenocissus quinquefolia Plant Information

Classification  
   
Scientific Name: Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Common Name: Virginia creeper

woodbine
Family: Vitaceae
Suggested Uses: ground covers, low maintenance areas (walls, trellises, arbor, fences, etc.)
   
Characteristics  
   
Spread: can climb up to 50 feet (often only limited by size of structure plant is growing upon)
Foliage: deciduous, alternate, palmately compound with 5 to 7 leaflets

each leaflet is 2 to 6 inches in length with course serrations

dark, glossy green upper surface; lower surface is dull green

excellent, reliable red Fall color
Flower: insignificant (borne under foliage)
Fruit: blue-black berry, up to ¼ inch in diameter in elongated clusters (similar to grape berries)
Bark: light brown

generally has prominent lenticels and concave leaf scars
   
Environment  
   
Sun: sun or shade tolerant
Water: drought-tolerant
Soil: adapted to most soil types
USDA Zone: zones 4 - 9
   
Care  
   
Maintenance: growth habit can be very aggressive and may become a weed (birds will deposit seeds everywhere)
   
Additional Notes: heat, drought, salt, cold, and pollution tolerant

often mistaken for poison oak or poison ivy

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