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Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy)

Virginia Creeper has attractive, colorful foliage and berries during the fall. The berries are eaten by several species of songbirds that inhabit thickets and woodlands. It is a deciduous, woody vine that grows in open areas, ravines, rich woods and valleys. A vigorous tendril-climber that needs no support and typically grows 30-50′. Adheres to flat surfaces (brick, stone or wood walls) via adhesive disks at the tendril ends. Compound-palmate leaves (usually 5 leaflets, with each leaflet to 6″ long) emerge purplish in spring, mature to dull green in summer and change to purple to crimson-red in autumn. Fall color can be quite attractive. Clusters of small, greenish-white flowers appear in the upper leaf axils in late spring to early summer, but are generally hidden by the foliage. Flowers give way to dark blue to black berries which are attractive to birds. Closely related to and once included in the genus Ampelopsis.


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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height 30-50' Vine
Spacing 5-10'
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Full to Partial Sun
Foliage Glossy Green turning Red-Purple in Fall
Flower Greenish white
Bloomtime Late spring

General Information +

Botanical: Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Common: Boston Ivy

Family: Vitaceae

General Characteristics: Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata is a deciduous vine with tendrils. Boston Ivy also has other common names Cottage Ivy, Japanese Ivy, Japanese Creeper and Boston Creeper. The glossy, dark green, three-lobed leaves turn bright red in the fall. Showy leaves held late into fall or early winter. Best used as a climber for brick or stone walls of buildings, large trellises, arbors, fences or through large trees. Birds eat the berries and become vehicles for naturalization.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Mildews, leaf spots, canker and wilt may occur. Potential insect pests include beetles, scale and leaf hoppers.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade. Best fall color occurs in sunny locations. However, in hot summer locations (USDA Zones 8 and 9), this vine may do best if planted on eastern or northern walls. This is generally an easy plant to grow with good tolerance for a wide range of soils and urban pollutions/conditions. It often needs little care, but must be trimmed regularly to keep it in bounds. It should be sited in areas where it will have room to expand and grow. Provide some support until the climber is well established. (This may take up to two years.) Once established prune in early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.