Boston Ivy

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Plant Information

Taxonomic Name: Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Common Name: Boston Ivy
Type: Vine
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Bloom Time: June to July
Light Requirements: Full sun, Morning shade with afternoon sun, Morning sun with afternoon shade
Soil Conditions: Tolerates periodic drought, Average well-drained soil
Flower Color: White
Wildlife: Birds
Special Characteristics:
  • Easy to grow in a wide variety of conditions
  • Low maintenance
  • Grows rapidly so keep trimmed
  • Plant in areas where it will have room to grow though caution should be given to wood or shingled walls due to damage to shingles, paint, gutters, shutters, etc
  • Can grow up to 30-50 feet by clinging to surfaces by sucker disks
  • Widely planted to cover the walls of many college/university buildings thus the name Ivy League
  • Insignificant flowers that are found under the leaves turn to berries
  • Foliage turns red to purple in fall
  • Deer tolerant
  • Black Walnut tolerant