General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 30-50 feet
Plant Spread: 5-10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 1/3 inch, bluish-black berries
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Boston Ivy
  • Japanese Creeper

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 5, 2018 8:45 PM concerning plant:
    This Boston Ivy or Japanese Creeper is native to Japan and central China. It is a woody vine similar to Virginia Creeper that also climbs by tendrils with adhesive tips. It is occasionally planted to cover walls in eastern North America, sold by some conventional and mail order nurseries in pots. It does spread some by the birds eating its blue-black grape-like berries and spreading the seeds around, so it is a little bit invasive in yards or in woods. This is the famous vine on the walls of both Fenwick Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. It is a pretty plant with thick, dark three-loved leaves that get a good red fall color; however, it easily does get out of control to grow too much over walls and other structures.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 4:12 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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