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Boston Ivy

Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

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Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii') at Connon Nurseries

Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy

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Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii') at Connon Nurseries

Boston Ivy in fall

Boston Ivy in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Creeper


One of the most popular vines for screening, from fences and arbors to homes and buildings; very attractive small leaves that emerge purple and turn red in fall, small dark blue berries; self-clinging, very adaptable

Ornamental Features

Boston Ivy has attractive white-variegated dark green foliage which emerges purple in spring on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The serrated lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Boston Ivy is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Boston Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Boston Ivy will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features