Virginia creeper, native woody vine ( Parthenocissus quinquefolia ) of the family Vitaceae ( grape family), tall growing and popular as a wall covering in the temperate United States. It has blue-black berries and clings by disk-tipped tendrils, some branches hanging free in graceful festoons. The five-fingered leaves—brilliant yellow to red in the fall—are sometimes confused with the three-fingered poison ivy. The Virginia creeper belongs to the same genus as the Boston, or Japanese, ivy. Other names are American ivy, woodbine, and ampelopsis . Virginia creeper is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.
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