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25/06/2012 at 11:46

Hello.  Could anyone help with identifying the climbing plant in the attached photos, please.  It has appeared climbing in competition with our Boston Ivy, and we're not sure whether it's an 'imposter' or something that the previous owner of our house might have planted that is only just getting into its stride.  It is about to come into flower and has lots of tiny green/cream-coloured buds.  Many thanks in advance.


29/06/2012 at 22:02

Hi there - can't be certain but looks like Virginia Creeper to me. We have one growing against a wall. Very vigorous, deciduous and red leaves in winter before they fall.

Not sure which would win in the battle for supremacy - the Boston Ivy or a Virginia Creeper !! 

29/06/2012 at 22:22

Don't know what is but sure it isn't a Virginia Creeper,sorry!

29/06/2012 at 23:37

Looks like Virginia Creeper to me, too.


30/06/2012 at 00:23

Hi Greyfleur, if you do a search on google for virginia creeper it comes up with pictures of leaves just like yours. If you want to cover something fast these two plants will do a serious job for you!

30/06/2012 at 10:08


i would say this is a virginia creeper just by looking at it leaves and as ppl have said it is a great climber and fast to...also the leave go a brilliant red in autum which whould be a great contrast to your boston ivy... lucky you ...

30/06/2012 at 10:22

I am a nidiot! Yes, it's Parthenocissus quinquefolia (virginia creeper). I was thinking of Parthenocissus tricuspidata which I've always called virginia creeper. 

30/06/2012 at 16:29

jude5 arnt they both kind of the same ...  same foliage and both go red.. ?

30/06/2012 at 16:52

Yes, I think they are, but is was the five-lobed leaf that confused me, the one I know has three and looks less robust.

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