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Virginia CreeperFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)


This plant is a deciduous vine plant that have leave arranged in groups of five. Because is it a vine, it can grow along vertical surfaces such as walls, fences, telephone poles, and other trees. It is a fast growing plant.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
This plant can grow in a wide range of soil types, and can grow in full sun or partial shade; The soil should be well drained; Because it is such a fast growing plant, you may need to trim it regularly to ensure that it does not expand to places you do not want it to grow The biggest issue for this plant is that it does grow quickly and is difficult to remove; It will also grow on other trees where it can cause damage by casting shade on the tree’s leaves and blocking their ability to do photosynthesis; The berries on the plant can be poisonous to children or dogs; Skin contact with any part of the plant can cause skin irritation The fruit is usually present in the early fall (September through October) but should be handed with garden gloves to prevent skin irritation It varies by location but can grow up to 50 feet long This plant is frequently used as a ornamental plant as groundcover, or to cover building walls or fences; It also can be used for erosion control when planted at the base of a hill