Parthenocissus Tricuspidata (Boston Ivy)
This fast-growing vine creates a wonderful covering of dark, glossy-green leaves which turn brilliant orange-red in the autumn.
Boston Ivy grows rapidly clinging to walls and other means of support by tiny rootlets. If left alone will grow up to 15 metres tall. It can handle a lot of pruning. Annual pruning of new growth will maintain desired size.
Boston Ivy is perfect growing along walls, fences, and up unsightly building. You can use Boston Ivy as a low maintenance groundcover in large areas where its vigor in the landscape help conceal unsightly objects.
The vines can eventually cover walls adhering to wood, wire, masonry and stone with their sucker disc or holdfasts. They don’t need any other support.
This deciduous vine is easy to grow and will do well in areas other vines would do poorly. While tolerating dry and poor soil, it does best with rich soil. Plant in sun to part shade. It does grow in shade, but you will sacrifice the brilliant autumn color.
Small inconspicuous green flowers in early summer turn into blue-black berries which are attractive to birds
This vigorous vine is commonly found on the walls of brick buildings through out the world, especially in colder - mild climates.
The “Ivy League” refers to the Boston ivy vines often found on buildings at Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth colleges.
- POSITION Dappled sun - full shade
- SOIL TYPE: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, suits a wide range of soil types and coastal areas
- FROST HARDY: yes.
- DROUGHT TOLERANT: once established.
- SIZE: up to 15m.
- FLOWERS: insignificant green followed by black berries.
- FOLIAGE: Deciduous, rich green foliage turning red in autumn
- USES: mass planting, groundcover, self-clinging vine
- PRUNE: after berries
- FRAGRANCE: no
- EVERGREEN: yes
- RATE OF GROWTH: Slow - Moderate. Uninvasive.
- CARE: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. foliage that reverts to plain green should be removed immediately.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant