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Virginia Creeper vs American Bittersweet

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Celastrus scandens


Virginia Creeper
American Bittersweet

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.

American Bittersweet is a deciduous, woody, perennial vine with striking orange to yellow berries that persist into winter. Indigenous to North America, this vine has become so rare it is now considered a protected species.

Excellent for naturalization projects, American Bittersweet attracts birds and other wildlife. Please keep in mind that the plant is toxic to humans and should not be ingested. To ensure the attractive berries are produced, cross-pollination between a male and female plant must occur.



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Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Fall colour: red and purple
Berries: small, hard, purple
Berries: red-orange, toxic to mammals
Flowers: small white clusters
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium

Toxicity: berries are toxic

Toxicity: All parts of plant are toxic to humans

Other Names: five-finger, five-leaved ivy