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VIRGINIA CREEPER
( ALL PICTURES OPEN LARGER IN A NEW WINDOW)

Picture of Virginia CreeperThe weed most commonly confused for Poison Ivy is Virginia Creeper. This is because it turns red in autumn, has a red hue to new growth in the spring and summer, and has shiny pointy leaves through most of the year.

Late September through October is a perfect time to find Virginia creeper, because it is at this time that it shows itself as a beautiful Scarlet / Burgundy, usually in spots where there is no other red at the same time.

ZOOM in picutre of Virginia Creeper
 

Don't misunderstand me; it is a weed (usually). It is used deliberately in situations where the designer or garden owner doesn't have the time to wait (7 years or so) for an ivy to grow. It can REALLY take over an area in no time, consume small shrubs within a season, and is quite adept at winding its way into and THROUGH building structures. Certainly not friendly to Brick Home owners!

Virginia Creeper's most distinct differences from poison ivy are the number of leaves per set (5 not 3) and the serated edges - not lobed - and the leaves are more evenly and prominently veined. The petioles are also structured differently...but this is a detail that becomes more recognizable over time...both yours and the plant's. The vines themselves also bear some obvious differences, and I will provide pictures of THAT soon.

 

 

 

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