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Virginia Creeper vs Shiny Cotoneaster (Hedge Cotoneaster)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Cotoneaster lucidius

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Virginia Creeper
Shiny Cotoneaster (Hedge Cotoneaster)

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 Shiny Cotoneaster (Hedge Cotoneaster) is a dense, deciduous shrub that gets its name from the glossy dark green leaves that turn an eye-catching mix of red and purple in the fall.
It produces small, pink flowers in spring and by late summer they are followed by red berries that ripen to black. This plant is great for attracting wildlife as it is loved by both birds and butterflies.

While the Shiny Cotoneaster does produce berries, they are inedible to humans. This plant takes pruning and shearing well, making it easy to shape to your liking and is a great choice for a hedge or privacy screen in your yard.

VIRGINIA CREEPER QUICK FACTS

SHINY COTONEASTER (HEDGE COTONEASTER) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red and purple
Fall colour: mix of yellow scarlet, red, purple
Berries: small hard purple berries
Flowers: small, pale pink
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: none



Toxicity: berries are toxic, leaves irritate skin

Toxicity: may cause stomach upset

Other Names: five-finger, five-leaved ivy
Other Names: hedge cotoneaster, shiny leaf cotoneaster