(Grape) Woodbine / False Virginia Creeper / Thicket Creeper
Parthenocissus inserta (syn. vitacea)
Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
Native to: Eastern Ontario
Location at the FWG: Backyard Garden; Hedgerow; thickets
Backyard garden bed: EN
Flower colour: Greenish
Blooming time: Fall
Height: Not applicable
Light requirements: Full sun to part shade
Moisture requirements: Average
Soil: Medium to wet, well-drained
Natural habitat: Clearings, forest and stream edges, fence lines. Common in the Ottawa region.
Wildlife use: Dark blue berries are eaten by Cedar Waxwings, America Robins, and other songbirds.
Notes: Climbing woody, perennial vine. Fast growing once it is established. Too heavy for a trellis, but can be trained to grow over a pergola. Established plants will send out shoots along the ground, then grow up over fences, shrubs, etc. Prune back severely. Unlike the Virginia Creeper, tendrils have no disks so they cannot climb a smooth wall. Branches split into 3 to 5 vs. 5 to 12 for Virginia Creeper. Berries contain oxalates and the plant may cause dermatitis.