woodbine - Parthenocissus vitaceae
Common Name: woodbine
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 12 to 20 ft
Width: 3 to 6 ft
Description: Woodbine is a vine that grows on trees, fences, and anything else that it can wrap its tendrils around. It tends to stay within a few feet of the ground, and unlike Boston ivy, it does not grow up the sides of buildings. The leaves of woodbine plants are called palmate, in that each leaf is composed of 5 parts (like fingers) that look like individual leaves and attach to each other in the middle. The leaves are several inches long, have jagged edges, and turn a brilliant red in autumn before they fall off for the winter. Older portions of the woodbine vine will have peeling bark. Woodbine flowers are small and green, but the fruit is dark blue/black and looks similar to a cluster of grapes. Birds often will eat woodbine fruit.