Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Veitchii’

Boston ivy

Outstanding Qualities

Boston ivy is an outstanding vine for flaming autumn foliage. Its handsome leaves are blushed purple when young, maturing to glossy, rich green. They are somewhat variable in shape, usually to about 6 inches across and with three pointed lobes. Leaf size depends also on the age of the shoot that carries them - smaller on younger shoots and larger on older shoots. A sheet of Boston ivy creates a strong textural statement even in summer, but just wait: As fall approaches, its greens are replaced with a range of reds, including crimson, scarlet and burgundy. As this photo shows, Boston ivy is sensational covering a stone wall, or if you have one, a stone bridge! Its inconspicuous flowers may be followed by dark blue fruits, especially on old plants. This vine is native to Japan but became so popular on old brick buildings in the eastern US that it picked up this nickname along the way!

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, dark green, blue

Great Color Partners: orange, burgundy, red, gold

Culture Notes

This clinging vine provides its best fall color in full sun to light or open shade. It will tolerate dappled shade, but it will grow more openly and have predominantly yellow fall color. Provide a location with well-drained soil, but it will tolerate sand and clay soils. Once established it is completely drought tolerant. Provide ample space for this large vine to grow. It can be pruned in winter or early to mid summer.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerent when established