Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia Creeper
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

Vine To 30-50′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color

Green, White

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Desert Conditions, Fall Color

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Parthenocissus Quinquefolia often known as Virginia Creeper is a deciduous woody vine that is seen growing in open areas of ravines woods and valleys.  Virginia Creeper is easily grown in average well-drained soil.  It thrives in full sun to partial shade and even tolerates full shade.   Parthenocissus Quinquefolia grows in a wide range of soil and climate conditions.

Virginia Creeper is as vigorous climber that doesn’t need support.  It typically grows 30 to 50 feet and adheres nicely to flat surfaces such as brick stone or wood walls.  Leaves emerge with a purplish color in spring and then mature to dull green in summer.   In fall the color changes from purple to crimson red.  Virginia Creeper fall color can be quite attractive and then in late spring to early summer there appear clusters of small greenish-white flowers.  These small flowers are generally hidden by the foliage but they produce dark blue to black berries which attract birds.

Parthenocissus Quinquefolia makes an excellent covering for walls trellises arbors or fences.  It will occasionally be seen growing on the ground covering old stumps or rock piles.   Look also for it to be used to control erosion on slopes.


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