Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Deciduous, fast growing woody vine with dark green palmate foliage which turns bright orange-red in the fall. It climbs smooth surfaces using small forked tendrils tipped with small strongly adhesive pads. Stems grow up to 50’ long.
Tolerates just about any soil.  Sun to partial sun. Avoid drying out or soggy wet.
Flowers: small and greenish, produced in clusters in late spring
Berries mature in late summer or early fall, small hard purplish-black berries
Use: The berries provide an important winter food source for birds.
Native Americans used the plant as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, difficult urination, swelling, and lockjaw.
*These berries contain oxalic acid which is moderately toxic to humans and other mammals.
Can cause skin irritations or painful rashes in some individuals.
Means: ever changing

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19 Responses to Virginia Creeper

  1. NJUrbanForest says:

    Sounds like a good plan!

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  2. hernibs says:

    They are all wild and really tall. We don’t use sprays or anything like that on our property anyway. Will just have to leave it up to Mother Earth to take care of. 😉

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  3. NJUrbanForest says:

    They can be sprayed and thats good for any on your property but any in the wild may die. That’s cool about the moths.


  4. hernibs says:

    We haven’t noticed that on the Hemlock but we’ll pay more attention now. Though I guess there isn’t much one can do about it. We have the Western Hemlock Looper moths that seem to be causing grief around the province. We have seen the moths, they’re actually quite pretty and I’ve taken pictures of them. 😉

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  5. NJUrbanForest says:

    Have you noticed white cotton looking substance on the needles of the Hemlocks? If so, that is the Wooly Adelgid. That is wonderful. I’m glad you have those trees.


  6. hernibs says:

    Is that the moth that seems rampant this year. Here too. Our hemlock have been dying off for a few years now, we just figured they don’t have as long a life span as the cedar and fir. We use the dead fall for firewood. We’ve been managing our little forest for 45 years now and are still living in the trees. They make me feel safe even with all that’s going on in our world these days. 😉

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  7. NJUrbanForest says:

    Sounds absolutely beautiful! That is amazing to have an old growth tree! That is amazing! How are the Hemlocks doing? We have the wholly adelgid which unfortunately is killing most of them.


  8. hernibs says:

    Our forest is a mix of deciduous, alder and maple as well coniferous cedar, fir and hemlock. We have pine at higher elevations but not on our acreage. We have an old growth fir that is over 800 years old with about a 23 foot circumference. We call it the Grandma tree. 😉 Very grounding to stand beside her.

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  9. NJUrbanForest says:

    Thank you so much! We have deciduous forest in north and central new jersey & vast pinelands in the south. An interesting area botanically.


  10. hernibs says:

    I looked at your site. You have fine photographs. Your trees and plants are very different from ours.

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  11. NJUrbanForest says:

    That is so cool! I’ve been documenting the wild plants I’ve found around my house. It sounds like you have quite an amazing collection. I will have to look at your blog!!


  12. hernibs says:

    I have about 560 pages so far but that includes trees and plants we’ve planted as well. If you click through my blog I’ve posted various plants now and then. Wild plants include Blackberry bushes, sword ferns, cedar, fir, alder, dandelion of course, bitter lettuce, Bleeding heart, etc. We’ve been here 45 years now so you can imagine we’ve accumulated a variety of everything from fruit trees to roses.

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  13. NJUrbanForest says:

    That’s cool! What are some of the plants you found?


  14. hernibs says:

    Yes, I have a large press and have pressed leaves from most things that grow on our acreage. I have compiled a binder with information and pictures about each and every plant we have.

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  15. NJUrbanForest says:

    It’s a beautiful vine, that people often at first confuse with Poison Ivy. That will be great! Have you pressed other leaves?


  16. hernibs says:

    We live in a healing wood, if we take the time to learn what was used before pharmacies became so powerful.


  17. hernibs says:

    Thank you for your comment. Our Virginia Creeper has struggled to survive here but this year there were enough leaves to notice the amazing colour. I’m going to press one of them, they are so beautiful.

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  18. lovealways7 says:

    EZEKIEL 47:12 – Their Fruit will be for food, and their Leaves for Healing. He supplies all we need🤗😁


  19. NJUrbanForest says:

    I love the fall colors of Virginia Creeper. Some leaves by me are already changing. Thanks for a great article!



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