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Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Boston Ivy

  • Category: Vines, Woody Ornamentals
  • Mature Height: 35’-45’
  • Mature Width: 35’-45’
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to full shade
  • Water Requirements: Regular moisture once established
  • Hardiness Zones: , , , , , ,

Parthenocissus tricuspidata, or Boston ivy, is a fast growing deciduous woody vine that can grow in either full sun or heavy shade with little care. Look no further for attractive fall foliage color and vigorous growth in a vine. Its toothed leaves are deep green throughout the growing season and turn a deep red or purple as the temperatures cool in fall. Boston ivy has a dense growth habit that can cover walls and structures beautifully and quickly. Unlike some vines that need a structure to twin around, Boston ivy has holds fast to any surface using sticky tendrils. These tendrils are like miniature suction cups that make for a very physically stable vine. On the other hand, be sure you love where you plant your Boston ivy because the suction cups can damage surfaces or roofs when you try to remove or prune the vine. This vigorous vine can grow up to o 45- to 50-feet, growing several feet in one season. The flowers of Boston ivy are rather inconspicuous but yield blue colored berries during the summer. For healthy strong plants, water regularly and provide deep watering during periods of drought in the summer. In warmer zones, this vine can remain semi-evergreen during the winter months. Boston ivy has minimal pest and disease problems.

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