In the right place, Virginia creeper can be a great plant. This vine will climb trees, walls, and other structures by using adhesive pads at the end of tendrils. These pads allow it to co-exist without causing any structural damage, though remnants of the vine and pads will be visible if the vine is removed. It is often found naturally growing as groundcover on shaded slopes where it helps prevent erosion.
When its leaves turn fiery red, you know that fall is fast approaching. Virginia creeper serves wildlife well, providing berries and cover for birds as well as nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. Sphinx moth larvae use Virginia creeper as a food plant.
Uses: Fall color, bees, groundcover, green wall, wildlife
Bloom time: May - August
Height: Up to 50 feet, if given the opportunity
Space: 5 to 10 feet
Light: Sun to shade
Moisture: Dry to moist