Parthenocissus vitacea is a woody vine much like P. quinquefolia. Tendrils short, few-branched, tips without expanded disks.
Leaves alternate, long-stalked, blade palmately compound, leaflets 5, stalks none to 1.5 cm long, blades, 6-12 cm long, elliptic to widest above middle, tip pointed, base wedge-shaped, glossy green above, margins coarsely toothed.
Flowers dull white, tiny, 5-parted; inflorescence axis forking at top of stalk, flowers in broad clusters.
Fruit fleshy, dark blue with bloom, 0.6 cm, fruit stems often red, Sept.-Oct. Persistent into winter.
Wetland status: FACU. .
Frequency in NYC: Apparently very infrequent but probably not differentiated from P. quinquefolia.
Habitat: moist soil.