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Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia creeper
Red in late September

Common name Virginia creeper
Family vitaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers greenish white (late spring-summer)
Size vine to 50 ft
Light sun-part shade

I'm listing this as a weed, since I've never grown it on purpose – but I don't mind it when it volunteers in our garden. It's a native deciduous vine with fine red fall color. Often confused with poison ivy because of its vining nature and a superficial resemblance, but closer inspection readily reveals leaves of five, not three, and a differently serrated leaf edge. The flowers are insignificant, but the blue/black berries have some ornamental appeal. Birds like them, too.

This is a weed in our garden

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