Thicket Creeper or False Virginia Creeper P H N
Vitaceae:  Parthenocissus inserta (or P. vitacea)
Thicket creeper and Virginia creeper are superficially identical. A closer examination reveals that Virgina Creeper has adhesive pads on its climbing tendrils that enable it to stick to tree trunks and other surfaces. Thicket Creeper only has twining tendrils, so if it climbs, it does so on shrubs, chain link fences, or other substrate that allows it to “pull itself up.” Virginia Creeper has duller leaves due to the fine, dense hairs that cover both upper and lower leaf surfaces. Thicket Creeper is shinier and mostly hairless. The flower and fruit structure is also different, with Thicket Creeper branching in twos, and Virginia Creeper having a more central axis to the inflorescence, if it flowers and fruits at all. Thicket Creeper produces fruits and flowers much more often than Virginia Creeper.
June 18: Doing fine. It is growing along the fence and up the house along the chimney. It spread along a section of fence and underground to the house, and grew up on the brick chimney. I tried to separate the two vine sections by cutting off the vines between them last year or the year before.

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May 10: Budding.
June 20: Flourishing. There are volunteer seedlings here and there all over, especially under the spruce trees.
September 23: It has crept up the chimney about 2 metres. On the fence most leaves are gone and those left are red or brown.
~May: My neighbour on the east planted this vine along the fence between our yards.