Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia )

  • Needlebearing
  • Deciduous

Virginia creeper vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia ) is a climbing vine found through the eastern and central U.S. states and Canada. It’s essentially a rapidly growing vine that can get out of control in places where it’s not wanted, such as growing up valuable trees or attaching itself to exterior walls of your home, where it can be stubborn to remove. The vine’s berries are a colorful blue-purple and its leaves are striking in autumn.

  • Average Height: 30' to 50' tall climbing vine-like plant
  • Leaf Description: "Alternate, palmately compound, 4 to 8 inches across, with five elliptical leaflets per leaf, with coarsely crenate to serrate margins, shiny green above and paler below. "
  • Bark Description: "Gray-Brown, becoming coarsely hairy due to aerial roots and tendrils. When rapidly growing, the aerial roots are bright, orange-brown. "
  • Twig Description: New stems are slender, light brown in color, with numerous reddish lenticels, tendrils are apparent opposite the buds, ending in adhesive pads; buds are broadly conical with orange-brown scales; leaf scars are nearly round and concave
  • Flowering: "Small, not showy, green and borne in clusters on long stems, appear in summer. "
  • Comments: Parthenocissus quinquefolia is native to North America. It is not widely planted.

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