Virginia creeper
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
  • LEAVES: alternate, deciduous, palmately-lobed with 5 leaflets; long petioles, serrate margins
  • FLOWER: panicule of tiny flowers
  • FRUIT: panicules of 1/4” diameter, black to dark blue berries
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK:
  • FORM: high climbing vine; tendrils have adhesive disks
  • HABITAT: wide range of sites, dry to moist
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Upland (FACU): Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: southeast US
  • USES: many species of birds eat the seed
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. high climbing vine
    2. alternate, palmately-compound leaves

    NOTE: when young, don’t confuse with poison-ivy which has 3 leaflets, or red buckeye which is opposite branching and a small tree