Virginia-creeper, Woodbine
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Vitaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent vine.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.
Description:
High climbing woody vine. Leaves temperate semi-deciduous.
Height:
N/A; vine with stems to 15 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern and central North America west to Utah and Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; Cuba and the Bahamas. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent from the middle Keys.
Habitats:
Forest edges and thickets.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Berry, dark blue to almost black.
Wildlife and Ecology:
The fruits are eaten by birds, who disperse the seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Virginia-creeper can become aggressive once established.


George D. Gann
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton