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PARTHENOCISSUS tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

Image of Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Vitaceae

Botanical Name

PARTHENOCISSUS tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

Plant Common Name

Boston Ivy

General Description

The vigorous Boston ivy, 'Veitchii', has very large trifoliate leaves and excellent vibrant fall color in shades of red, orange-red and purple. This vigorous deciduous vine cloaks the walls of old university buildings across the north.

Boston ivy is a close relative of grapes and originates from China, Korea and Japan. It is a vigorous self-clinging woody vine that attaches itself to surfaces by tendrils tipped with small disk-like adhesive pads called holdfasts. It bears beautiful three-lobed leaves that are lime green in spring, deep green in summer, and turn shades of deep red, scarlet and orange in the fall. After the leaves fall, a fine tracery of the clinging stems is fully visible on building walls offering a winter lace of sorts. In early summer inconspicuous green flowers appear followed by black fruits, which are eaten and spread by birds.

This vine grows in full sun to shade and tolerates many soil types as long as they are well-drained. In hot climates it grows best on cool north and east facing walls, but elsewhere it can cover an entire building equally on all sides. Few vines are as effective in cloaking ugly architecture with so little maintenance.

The clinging holdfasts of Boston ivy do minimal damage to buildings and masonry, which is another reason why this vine is preferred for wall coverage.

Studies have shown that plant covered walls actually help keep buildings cooler during hot summers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    40'-70' / 12.2m - 21.3m (60)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Foundation, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes