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Parthenocissus inserta

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Woodbine (Parthenocissus inserta) at Cashman Nursery

Woodbine in fall

Woodbine in fall

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Woodbine (Parthenocissus inserta) at Cashman Nursery



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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a


A durable native vine closely related to Virginia creeper and quite similar in most respects, except that it won't cling to masonry and thus shouldn't be used to climb buildings; makes a great groundcover, looks lovely trailing down stone walls

Ornamental Features

Woodbine has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges brick red in spring on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The serrated palmate leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Woodbine is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Woodbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Woodbine will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features