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Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Virginia Creeper in fall

Virginia Creeper in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  33 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Woodbine

Description:

A popular, tough and hardy vine for screening, excellent along fences and arbors, up the sides of houses or climbing trees; features interesting five-lobed leaves that turn red and purple in fall, small black berries; extremely adaptable

Ornamental Features

Virginia Creeper has dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The serrated palmate leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Virginia Creeper is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Virginia Creeper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Virginia Creeper will grow to be about 33 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Screening  Garden 
Applications
Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features