Virginia Creeper has attractive, colorful foliage and berries during the fall. The berries are eaten by several species of songbirds that inhabit thickets and woodlands. It is a deciduous, woody vine that grows in open areas, ravines, rich woods and valleys. A vigorous tendril-climber that needs no support and typically grows 30-50′. Adheres to flat surfaces (brick, stone or wood walls) via adhesive disks at the tendril ends.
Compound-palmate leaves (usually 5 leaflets, with each leaflet to 6″ long) emerge purplish in spring, mature to dull green in summer and change to purple to crimson-red in autumn. Fall color can be quite attractive. Clusters of small, greenish-white flowers appear in the upper leaf axils in late spring to early summer, but are generally hidden by the foliage. Flowers give way to dark blue to black berries which are attractive to birds. Closely related to and once included in the genus Ampelopsis.