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Virginia Creeper vs Dutchmans pipe

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Aristolochia macrophylla



Virginia Creeper
Dutchmans pipe

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 Dutchman’s Pipe is a fast growing, deciduous, woody, climbing vine. Featuring large heart-shaped leaves that overlap and often hide the flowers. The Dutchman’s Pipe namesake comes from the long yellow-green, brown or purple flowers that flare at the end, resembling Dutch smoking pipes.

The Dutchman’s Pipe will make a great screen or shade in your urban landscape, but does require support from a trellis or a fence. To control the growth, cut back in late winter.



Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: red and purple
Berries: small hard purple berries
Flowers: green/brown/ purple, pipe shaped
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: low

Toxicity: berries are toxic, leaves irritate skin

Toxicity: toxic/poisonous to people and animals

Other Names: five-finger, five-leaved ivy
Other Names: broad leaf birthwort, pipevine, wild ginger