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climbing habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
older woody stem with tendrils (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
the compound leaves with three or five leaflets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
immature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
mature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of mature fruit, with reddish stem and leaf during autumn (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.
American ivy, Boston ivy, five leaved ivy, five-leaf ivy, Japanese ivy, Virginia creeper, woodbine
Native to North America (i.e. Canada, the USA and Mexico) and Central America (i.e. Guatemala).
Naturalised in some parts of eastern Australia (i.e. in south-eastern Queensland and in the coastal districts of central and northern New South Wales).
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales and as a "sleeper weed" in other parts of Australia. It is commonly grown as an ornamental creeper and occasionally escapes gardens to become naturalised in nearby bushland areas.
It is probably most commonly naturalised in the Sydney area and is listed as an environmental weed in the wider Sydney and Blue Mountains region. It has been recorded from urban bushland in the Hornsby Plateau region and is listed as a nuisance plant in Ku-ring-gai Council.
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