Parthenocissus quinquefolis
Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolis
Parthenocissus quinquefolis
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Parthenocissus quinquefolis
Common name: Virginia creeper
Group: dicot
Family: Viaceae
Growth type: vine
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: up to 60', climbing trees, shrubs, sometimes sprawlling on ground
Foliage: palmately compound, 5 leaflets with toothed margin
Flower: occasional, small and greenish, late spring
Flowering time: late June to August; fruits late September to October
Habitat: deciduous woodlands, thickets, rich moist rocky ground of shaded wood edges and banks
Range in New Jersey: statewide, infrequently introduced into Pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Berries are winter food source for birds, but are not edible to humans or mammals because of the oxalata crystals.