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Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Also called Five-Finger Ivy


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Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

More About Parthenocissus quinquefolia

  • Insignificant, small, clusters of greenish-white flowers
  • Coarse-toothed, deep green leaves with 5 leaflets
  • Foliage emerges purplish in colour in the spring, to green in the summer
  • Inedible, grape-like berries form on deep red stems
  • Vibrant red, fall colour
  • Vigorous grower
  • Bloom Time: June

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Zone:

3

Height:

20-30 m

Spread:

15-20 m

Colour:

Green
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Virginia Creeper Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows well in a dry to moist soil, in full sun to full shade; its best, fall colour is in full sun. In full shade, disk-like suckers may form to help the plant grow, over time these can become unsightly on buildings. Under other conditions, it climbs with tendrils which are easily removed if necessary. One can prune the new growth in summer months, or once extreme, cold, winter temperatures are passed, pruning back to 25 cm stubs. This may be necessary to restrain its vigorous growth and keep the desired shape.

Note: Care should be taken when removing this vine from a building, as it could work its way under siding, grow into the mortar or ruin painted surfaces.


Parthenocissus quinquefolia Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Poisonous
Poisonous
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils

Attributes

Berries
Deciduous
Fall Color
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Trailing
Climbing

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Naturalizing
Roadside planting
Woodland/woods edge