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Virginia Creeper vs Red Elder

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Sambucus racemosa

Virginia Creeper
Red Elder

Virginia Creeper is a fast-growing, climbing vine. Its root-like tendrils attach themselves to any non-smooth surface, even brick, but will also grow as a ground cover.

Virginia Creeper makes a beautiful ornamental plant for your garden; its attractive foliage turns from green to deep red in the fall. Birds will love its red berries.

Red Elder is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

VIRGINIA CREEPER QUICK FACTS

RED ELDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red and purple
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: small hard purple berries
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: berries are toxic, leaves irritate skin

Toxicity: toxic to humans



Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no