Both the foliage and berries are attractive, especially when growing along the walls of a building. However, because this woody vine is originally from East Asia, it shouldn't be introduced into natural areas where native species could be displaced. Boston Ivy is fairly easy to distinguish from Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper), because the mature leaves of the latter are palmately compound (usually with 5-9 leaflets) and the stalks of its mature berries are bright orange-red. The mature leaves of Boston Ivy are simple and the stalks of its berries are less colorful. Both of these species produce suckered tendrils. It is possible to confuse Boston Ivy with many Vitis spp. (Wild Grapes) because they are woody vines that produce simple leaves with 3-5 lobes. However, the tendrils of Wild Grapes don't produce disk-shaped suckers at their tips. Furthermore, the flowers of Wild Grape have a different appearance: They are golden yellow from their strongly exerted stamens, while their petals are much reduced in size and insignificant. Like Virginia Creeper, the flowers of Boston Ivy have conspicuous green petals that resemble sepals.