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Virginia-creeper, Woodbine
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Accent vine.

Availability: Native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.

Description: High climbing woody vine. Leaves temperate semi-deciduous.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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