Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Scientific name: Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Synonym: Ampelopsis hederacea , Ampelopsis quinquefolia , Cissus mexicana DC. , Parthenocissus inserta (A. Kern) Fritsch , Vitis quinquefolia


Common names: “Virginia creeper” “American ivy” “American woodbine” “false grape”  “five-leaved ivy”

Plant Type: Deciduous vine


Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun – shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Any

Moisture: Moist well drained, but not wet, drought tolerant once established


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Plant Size: 30-50′ H & W , vigorous and fast growing

Leaf and Stem shape: Leaves with five ovate leaflets, turning bright red and orange in autumn

Flower: Inconspicuous flowers followed by blue-black toxic berries Image result for parthenocissus quinquefolia

Pruning: Prune to shape

Maintenance: Medium

Landscape use: Wall side borders, growing up fences, on buildings, groundcover

Propagate: By cuttings and layering

Pests & Disease: Thickets can house rats and critters

Comments: “The only place I would put this is over a really ugly shed or under a chainlink fence” , appears on invasive species lists in certain regions

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