Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Virginia Creeper: Parthenocissus quinquefolia

vacreep6-25.jpg (60314 bytes) Weed Description:  A perennial woody vine that climbs on other objects or trails along the ground.  Primarily a weed of fence rows, landscapes, and vineyards.  Virginia creeper occurs throughout the eastern United States.


Leaves:   Leaves consist of 3 to 7 (usually 5) leaflets that originate from a common point (palmately compound leaves).  Leaflets are from 2 1/2 to 5 inches long and have toothed margins.  Leaves turn red to maroon in the fall, which is why this plant is often grown as an ornamental. vacreep6-25b.jpg (60112 bytes)
Flowers:  Small and greenish-white in color.

Fruit:   Small, dark blue to black berries.

Roots:  Fibrous roots occur, and stems root where they touch the ground.

Stems: Stems climb by tendrils and root where they touch the ground.

Identifying Characteristics: A climbing woody vine with 5 leaflets that originate from the same point.  Virginia creeper is often confused with Poison-Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).   However, poison-ivy has 3 leaflets while Virginia creeper usually has 5.