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Woodbine is a handsome vine suitable to a wide range of conditions. It hails from south-central Montana, but because it's a vastly better alternative to Virginia creeper in our area, it is included in Pipilo's roster.


While the compound leaves may look very similar to those of oft-maligned Virginia creeper, woodbine has some key differences. Most notably, it does not adhere to the surfaces it climbs, making it an acceptable choice to cover walls and other surfaces without damaging them. It is also less aggressive. The large leaves and fast growth habit make woodbine a good choice for adding privacy to fences. If there isn't anything to climb, it will tend to behave as a sprawling ground cover. 


Woodbine produces fairly inconspicuous flowers in the summer, followed by clusters of purple berries that birds enjoy. Brilliant scarlet fall foliage is a bonus.


While woodbine can tolerate a wide range of light conditions, it will do best with additional moisture in sunny sites. Like many vines, its ideal growing environment is partial sun or bright shade and moderate water.  



Image credits:

Smithh05, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Fall color image: Katrin Schneider, – CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons




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