Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Accepted
Vitis pubescens Synonym

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
Dry Mesic
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
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small purplish-black berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early 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
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
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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The All Things Plants Most Popular Vines and ClimbersThe All Things Plants Most Popular Vines and Climbers
By dave on June 21, 2014

Today we open Vines and Climbers week by giving a list of the top 25 vines in our database, judged by how many contributions have been made to the various plant entries. Enjoy the list!

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 5, 2018 8:24 PM

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.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 10, 2011 7:14 PM

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.

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Posted by Universal_G (Southern Ontario Canada - Zone 6b) on Oct 12, 2020 5:47 AM

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.


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