General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 50 feet or more
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small purplish-black berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollution
Flood Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious
Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2012 Great Plant Picks award winner
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Common names
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Five-Finger Ivy
  • Victoria Creeper
  • Five-Leaved Ivy
  • Virginia Woodbine
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Parthenocissus quinquefolia
  • Synonym: Vitis pubescens

Photo Gallery
Location: Belarus
Date: 2019-09-24
Autumn in our garden
Location: Hoffman, NC (Broad acre lake)
Virginia creeper #156;/RAB page 694, 120-1-1; LHB page 652, 120-4
Photo by sviatlana
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-02-11
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-29
Overtaking a Pine tree
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Location: my garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-10-22
Fantastic autumn display!
Location: Canterbury, England
Date: 10/12/2006
photo by Chris Beckett via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/
Location: Hoffman, NC (Broad acre lake)
Date: June 27, 2022
Virginia creeper #156;/RAB page 694, 120-1-1; LHB page 652, 120-4
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-08-05
Climbing oak trees
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: May 9, 2022
Virginia creeper #156;/RAB page 694, 120-1-1; LHB page 652, 120-4
Location: Twisp
Date: July
We planted these up the guy-wires on our power pole so we won't w
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-29
Covering a pine tree
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-07-02
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: London, England!
Date: 2014-09-29
Ground cover or a house cover, the choice is yours.
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-11
Locally 2019 was a poor year for fall color in Virginia Creeper.
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-10-13
Photo by keithp2012
Location: Backyard
Date: September 4, 2011
Leaves of Virginia Creeper Vine
Location: Backyard
Date: June 8, 2011
Virginia Creeper covering a gate
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-16
The bright red leaves aren't the only source of fall color for th
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-07-25
Location: Twisp
Date: July
Location: my garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-10-22
Leaves in autumn
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-04-19
Location: Fairfax, VA | May, 2023
Location: Twisp
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2015-04-17
Stem embedded in my pine tree.  Never seen it get that thick but

Date: 2014-10-20
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Location: my garden - Chicagoland area
Date: Early October
Closeup of berries
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-10
Climbing high in an oak tree.
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-10-18
fall color and fruit
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-11
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-10-02
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2018-04-20
Virginia Creeper will often start out with three leaves (looking
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-06-02
Location: Northeastern Colorado
Date: 2023-10-05
Location: Northeastern Colorado
Date: 2023-10-05
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-03-29

Date: 2004-09-21
Location: South Daytona, Florida 
Date: 2014-06-13
Location: Very close to our property line in Northern KY.
Date: 2011-10-28
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-06-20
Location: London, England!
Date: 2014-09-29
Location: London, England!
Date: 2014-09-29
Gorgeous ground cover!
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-25
red fall color of vine on chain link fence

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-10-13
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-07-19
Location: KYLE
Date: 2019-03-20
new growth
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-10-19
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-10-19
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-05-14
Growing on Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) stump
Location: Backyard
Date: July 23, 2011
Virginia Creeper climbing a tree
Location: Backyard 
Date: July 9, 2011
Fruit/Berries
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-06-29
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-07-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-30
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-09-05
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-08-01
Newest growth looks remarkably similar to Poison Ivy, except that
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-08-01
Newest growth looks remarkably similar to Poison Ivy, except that
Location: Western Illinois
Date: 2016-09-16
Turns all red by early fall
Location: Home
Location: Hebron, KY
Date: 2011-10-28
On a tree next to my property.
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2015-05-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-03
Photo by treehugger
Location: South Daytona, Florida 
Date: 2014-06-13
Location: Nationale Plantentuin (Meise - Brussel - Belgium)

Date: 2013-10-09

Date: 2013-10-09

Date: 2013-10-09
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-05-12
vine on fence
Location: Near Interstate ramp.
Date: 2011-10-31
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-25
vine on chain link fence in red fall color
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-10-13
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2014-05-04
Location: Kyle
Date: 2019-07-10
emerging blooms

Date: 2012-06-10
Location: Backyard
Date: November 14, 2010
Virginia Creeper trailing along a chain link fence

Date: June 2, 2011
Tiny Flowers of Virginia Creeper

Date: April 9, 2011
New leaves & tendrils
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-05-19
Location: Pike Co. Illinois
Date: 2016-08-08
Photo by SongofJoy
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-11
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2018-04-20
Both Virginia Creeper seedlings, one has three leaves, the other
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-03-29
you can't hardly pull them up & they break off
Location: z
Date: 2012-03-29
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-03-29

Date: 2004-06-06
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2017-07-13

Date: 2019-07-21
Hanging vine growing over an old lilac bush

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Nationale Plantentuin (Meise - Brussel - Belgium)
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Audubon, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-30
summer mass on old roof
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: October in 1980's
red fall color of vine on shrubs
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2012-06-10

Date: 2012-06-10
Location: central Illinois - Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Date: 2016-07-01
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-07-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-30
Grown as a groundcover in dry shade
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 5, 2018 8:24 PM concerning plant:
    This is a common woody vine (liana) that climbs by tendrils with adhesive-like tips and goes upward without support up on walls, cliffs, trees, shrubs, fences, or trellises, etc. or it can be a groundcover about 2 feet high. In the wild it grows in various upland and bottomland sites, usually in or near woods from the southeast end of Quebec and much of New England down into all of Florida to areas of Texas up to southeast South Dakota to northeast Minnesota & southern Manitoba through much of Wisconsin & Michigan back into the southeast tip of Ontario. It is fast growing of 6 to 10 feet/year. The bluish-black grape-like berries are loved by birds but are toxic to humans. It is a pretty woody vine with handsome palmately compound leves of 5 leaflets that get a wonderful red autumn color. It is sold by some conventional, mail order, and native plant nurseries. There are more of this vine growing around in many landscapes that were planted by seed from the birds than what were planted by mankind.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 10, 2011 7:14 PM concerning plant:
    Virginia Creeper is a fast growing deciduous ornamental vine that can attain heights up to 50' and has beautiful deep burgundy foliage in the fall. It is native to Eastern North America, from Canada south to Florida, and west to Texas. This vine can be a nuisance in some regions, as it is here in my Florida garden. It's climbing up the trees, along fences and in some places along the ground.
  • Posted by Universal_G (Southern Ontario Canada - Zone 6a) on Oct 12, 2020 5:47 AM concerning plant:
    Questions about this plant:

    Is it considered invasive, and will it kill trees? I notice it likes to climb up trees and starts to invade the trees canopy. Is that a bad thing?

    Is there a male and female version of this plant? I have a plant that looks exactly like this one but it doesn't have those blue coloured berries.

    Thanks
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