Virginia creeper(redirected from Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
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Virginia creeper, native woody vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) of the family Vitaceae (grape family), tall growing and popular as a wall covering in the temperate United States. It has blue-black berries and clings by disk-tipped tendrils, some branches hanging free in graceful festoons. The five-fingered leaves—brilliant yellow to red in the fall—are sometimes confused with the three-fingered poison ivy. The Virginia creeper belongs to the same genus as the Boston, or Japanese, ivy. Other names are American ivy, woodbine, and ampelopsis. Virginia creeper is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.
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1. a vitaceous woody vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of North America, having tendrils with adhesive tips, bluish-black berry-like fruits, and compound leaves that turn red in autumn: widely planted for ornament
2. a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berries
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