Five leaves, tendrils growing off stem, red vine

persephoneJune 30, 2008

We just moved to a property and I am unsure of a lot of the plants here. Google images seems to have a lot of vines with this description but I didn't find an exact match.

Is it a weed that needs to go?

Thanks!

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bonniepunch(USDAz4 AgCanz5a)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, AKA virginia Creeper?

If you can confine it, it's a nice vine for covering fences and such (nice fall colour, berries for the birds), but it's quite likely to take over and go everywhere if you let it.

BP

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 12:04PM
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carol23_gw

Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, I believe.

Here is a link that might be useful: images

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 12:04PM
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persephone

Ok. Thank you so much for the identification! As I sit here with poision ivy from my hedge out front and recovering from the shot I had to get to control it..let me ask.

Am I going to get anything from virgina creeper? When I google it I get conflicting results.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 12:27PM
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casia(z4-Caledon, Ontario)

Not aware of any skin reactions to virginia creeper.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 1:01PM
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ollierose

None that I'm aware of - I pick it right out of the ground in my yard.

Sorry to hear about the poison ivy - I've had it 3 times already this year! We have it growing up everywhere since we moved into our 85 year old house that sat vacant for 2 years without any lawn care, so it's a constant battle.

Just remeber - leaves of 3, let it be!! Good luck!

Diana

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 1:36PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

We have have the variety P. quinquefolia 'Henryana' all up the back of our house (4 storeys) and we've never suffered any ill effects even when giving it its annual haircut by hanging out of the windows by our toes! In fact the only problem it's caused is when it grew into the down pipe and caused a flood in a thunderstorm. Does anyone know if it needs a pollinator? It flowers but never sets berries. I have always assumed that was because the summer is not hot enough but maybe I'm wrong.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 1:50PM
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carol23_gw

Flora, henryana is a separate species, from Asia, I believe. It's quite ornamental.

Here is a link that might be useful: Parthenocissus henryana

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 1:56PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

>Am I going to get anything from virgina creeper?Commonly grown in quantity by large nurseries and sold as an ornamental. Related to the grape plant.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 4:20PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Carol - thanks for that information. It was sold named as I mentioned above but now I've checked and see the correct name. I also see it referred to as Chinese Virginia creeper, which is a name I've never heard before. So there you go - it's been climbing up my house for nearly 20 years and I've just found out it's proper name! Thanks again. Flora.
ps the guy next door still insists on calling it 'ivy' whenever he comes round to say it's encroaching on his house.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 5:55PM
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