Plant of the week Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Boston Ivy’

Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Boston Ivy’

A large, vigorous climber with a red and purple autumn display. Boston Ivy is an ideal choice for covering walls or fences quickly. Boston Ivy leaves are made up of three, pointed leaflets, hence the botanical name ‘tricuspidata’ meaning three pointed. It is a self-clinging vine that can be planted in either sun or shade – though you will get the best autumn colour in sun.

Ok a little about the Ivy and care of it:

Ivy type:

· Called an Ivy but is actually part of the Vitaceae or grape family

· A deciduous climber which attaches itself to walls by means of sucker-like discs at the tips of branched tendrils

· Great for covering large walls and fences

· The leaves are 3-lobed and give a magnificent display of foliage in the autumn turning shades of red, yellow and purple.


· 9-15.0m+ in width and height


· Full sun/Light shade


· A moist aerated loamy soil

· Does not like to dry out


· Can be vigorous growers so prune the vines once each year (in late winter), so as to check the rapid growth

· Simply prune away any growth that is out of place (either vines that are sticking out in an unsightly way or vines that have grown beyond the territory that you want them to cover).

· The vines respond well to pruning, so have no fear. You control its direction

· Fertilising is generally not critical but a liquid feed like Sea sol is a great booster if you should have the urge


· The berries of this vine contain oxalates and are poisonous if eaten, whether by people or pets, although wild birds do eat the berries

· Some people also experience an allergic reaction to Boston ivy upon contact.

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Chris Slaughter

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