Virginia Creeper  :  Parthenocissus quinquefolia

: Virginia Creeper : Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Walking through the C.U. campus in early fall I am always amazed at the beauty of the red, five-leaved ivy known as Virginia Creeper that covers the walls of so many of the University buildings.  Virginia Creeper is a prolific deciduous climber that can reach heights of 20 to 30 meters.  It can hold on to both smooth and irregular surfaces using its forked tendrils that have small strongly adhesive 5 millimeter pads.  The vine stays green for the summer and in early fall turns a brilliant red with purplish-back 5 to 7 millimeter berries that provide an important winter food source for the birds.