Boston ivy

Parthenocissus tricuspidata | Also known as: Japanese ivy, Japanese creeper | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Boston Ivy can be planted in areas of full sunlight, partial shade or full shade. Talk about indecisive…

Parthenocissus tricuspidata or Boston ivy is a self-clinging climber with green summer foliage that becomes a vibrant purple or red in autumn. The leaves are generally oval-shaped or three-lobed. Boston ivy has small green flowers during summer and blue berries during autumn. This climber grows in any soil that is fertile with good drainage. Boston ivy can be planted in areas of full sunlight, partial shade and full shade, though for maximum impact from autumn colouring this plant should be placed in partial or full shade. Boston ivy should be pruned during autumn or the beginning of winter to keep it in check. This striking climber will definitely draw attention with its vivid autumn colouring and is a good choice for use with trellises and arches or on fences and walls.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 20
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Pink or purple
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • layering
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and autumn colour
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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