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Virginia Creeper vs Northern Bayberry

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Myrica pensylvanica

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Virginia Creeper
Northern Bayberry

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.

Northern Bayberry makes an excellent hedge or feature shrub. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They produce blue-grey berries that have a wax coating on them that can be used to make candles or soaps.

In colder hardiness zones the leaves turn an attractive orange to red colour in the fall, making it a striking addition to your landscape.

Northern Bayberry is native to Nova Scotia and tolerates both drought and wet conditions. It is also a nitrogen fixer that tolerates poor soil conditions.

VIRGINIA CREEPER QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BAYBERRY 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: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: red and purple
Berries: small, hard, purple
Berries: blue-gray
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: berries are toxic

Toxicity: Warning: The wax from bayberry fruit is considered toxic and may be carcinogenic.

Other Names: five-finger, five-leaved ivy
Other Names: candlewood, myrique de pennsylvanie, small waxberry, swamp candleberry, tallow bayberry, tallow shrub, tallow tree, tallowshrub