Parthenocissus quinquefolia -- Virginia Creeper

See also Parthenocissus vitacea (Woodbine). Most fruiting vines of this genus in the region are actually P. vitacea, although both species occur together.


Other names:   Five-leaved Ivy, Five Finger, False Grape 


Steven Baskauf, Bioimages [7]

Adhesive discs [4]

Typically, P. quinequefolia does not set much fruit. The fruiting stem will have a central axis with shorter stems with fruit branching off. The fruiting stem of P. vitacea continuously branches in two.

When not in fruit, these two species can be distinguished by 1) P. quinquefolia is pubescent on the underside of the leaf, while P. vitacea is glabrous, and 2) the tendrils of P. quinquefolia end in discs, enabling the vine to cling to flat surfaces, while P. vitacea can only climb by winding its tendrils on objects.

Seeds very similar to related grapes (Vitis spp.). See this page for information on how to distinguish these seeds.

Fruit ripening dates: July through October

Seed dispersal dates: August through February


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