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Old 08-29-2018, 12:31 PM   #181
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Picture taken in our back garden today - 8/29/18 . I cut this vine back to the ground every year and pull out any shoots that try to escape. Does not get very big but berries well on the arch and leaves turn various shades of red in autumn.

Berries are very toxic to humans.

Birds Eating the Fruit of Virginia Creeper
(Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Scientific Name /Common Name
Dryocopus pileatus Pileated Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus Red-bellied Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens Downy Woodpecker
Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker
Sphyrapicus varius Yellow-breasted Sapsucker
Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker
Corvus brachyrhynchos American Crow
Quiscalus quiscula Common Grackle
Sturnus vulgaris Starling
Tachycineta bicolor Tree Swallow
Baeolophus bicolor Tufted Titmouse
Poecile atricapillus Black-capped Chickadee
Poecile carolinensis Carolina Chickadee
Sitta carolinensis White-breasted Nuthatch
Myiarchus crinitus Crested Flycatcher
Vireo griseus White-eyed Vireo
Vireo olivaceus Red-eyed Vireo
Catharus fuscescens Veery
Catharus guttatus Hermit Thrush
Catharus minimus Gray-cheeked Thrush
Catharus ustulatus Swainson's Thrush
Hylocichla mustelina Wood Thrush
Sialia sialis Eastern Bluebird
Turdus migratorius American Robin
Dumetella carolinensis Catbird
Mimus polyglottos Northern Mockingbird
Toxostoma rufum Brown Thrasher
Piranga olivacea Scarlet Tanager
Dendroica coronate Yellow-rumped Warbler
Passerella iliaca Fox Sparrow
Sources: Malmborg & Wilson (1988), Martin et al. (1951/1961),
Barnes (1999)

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Old 09-04-2018, 10:37 PM   #182
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I really liked that plant...I had to remove mine this Spring It found it's way up under and expanding our siding! Naughty lil thang
I miss it as it was a magnet for birds to nest in
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:09 AM   #183
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I have tons of virginia creeper around my yard. Its nice to see it is beneficial to so many birds. Its a nice plant because it is always ready to fill in places where I removed poison ivy and japanese honeysuckle.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:27 AM   #184
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I once accidentally stuck a Virginia creeper berry in my mouth when I grabbed a cluster of wild grapes. That was an intensely painful experience.
"I take the part of the trees as against all their enemies." -J.R.R. Tolkien
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:06 PM   #185
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I have to pull Virginia creeper away from our wooden garden wall--hate doing so, but it is not kind to painted wood.
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