Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Plant Type: Vines
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone: 3
Hardy To Zone: 9
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

30 to
50
feet

Spread:

5 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 30 to
50
feet
Spread: 5 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 30 to
50
feet
Spread: 5 to
10
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Effective growing up large trees or as a ground cover to hide rock piles and unsightly objects. May be grown on the side of a buildings but once attached, vines become difficult to remove and will damage painted surfaces and leave residues.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or full shade in any kind of soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

A deciduous, climbing woody vine that attached to flat surfaces by tendrils ending in adhesive tips. Leaves composed of five leaflets emerge bronze in spring, mature to dull green in summer and change to purple or crimson-red in autumn. One of the first woody plants to take on fall color. Clusters of small, greenish-white flowers appear in the upper leaf axils in late spring to early summer, but are hidden by the foliage. Honey bees gather pollen from the flowers and birds love the dark blue to black berries that form in summer.

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