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Virginia Creeper vs Bunchberry

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Cornus canadensis

Virginia Creeper
Bunchberry

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.

The Bunchberry, or Quatre-Temps as it is commonly known in Quebec, is an excellent ornamental plant to have in your garden. With star-shaped white flowers in spring and clusters of bright red berries in the fall, this is one of the most refined and hardy groundcovers available. The foliage has ornamental value, with leaves going from a deep green in the spring and summer to a beautiful brick-red in the fall.

Bunchberry is a spreading evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. This plant is not well suited for urban areas close to streetsides, as it is quite intolerant to pollution. It is Canada’s national flower.

According to a poll done by the Master Gardeners of Ontario, it is one of the most recognizable Canadian flowers.

Its flowers grow with elastic petals and "fire" its pollen with the force of 2000-3000 times the force of gravity.

VIRGINIA CREEPER QUICK FACTS

BUNCHBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 3a
Zone: 1b
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.6 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: red and purple
Fall colour: brick red
Berries: small, hard, purple
Berries: small, red
Flavor: sweet
Harvest: August/September
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: berries are toxic


Other Names: five-finger, five-leaved ivy