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

Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Also called Five-Finger Ivy

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



20-30 m

15-20 m

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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 past, 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.

Additional Notes about Virginia Creeper:

Native to Ontario

Care should be taken when tending to this plant: the sap can be a mild irritant for some people, and the berries contain oxalic acid, a stomach irritant.