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
Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
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
Summer
Uses: Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollution
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Common names
  • Boston Ivy
  • Japanese Creeper

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Location: In an Oklahoma City church garden
Date: 2006-11-26
In the right light...................
Location: Monção, Portugal
Date: 2023-06-07
Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date: 2019-12-07
Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Boston Ivy - berries waiting for bir

Photo credit: Jacek Halicki
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-10
Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date: 2019-12-07
Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Boston Ivy - Vine patterns, revealed
Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date: 2019-12-07
Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata - Berries persist into th

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: summer in 1980's
vine covering brick wall
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: 2014-08-13
vine on house's stucco wall
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: 2014-08-13
three-lobed leaves
Location: In an Oklahoma City church garden
Date: 2006-11-26
This ivy replaced English Ivy in OkC gardens
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-06-05

Date: 2004-04-22

Date: 2004-10-27
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-09
Location: Prague  
Date: 2016-10-30
late summer
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: summer in 1980's
vine covering wall
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-10-26
red fall color of vine on wall
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-10-26
red fall color
Location: The Ardennes, Belgium
Date: 2016-11-04
Location: Prague
Date: 2016-10-30
late summer
Comments:
  • 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 jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Dec 10, 2023 1:48 AM concerning plant:
    In the second half of the 20th century the preeminent ivy in Oklahoma City home landscapes was English Ivy. It was, in fact, the only ivy to be seen.
    Plenty of people disliked it. Its roots penetrated bricks and mortar. They also creep under panels of siding. If the foliage was damaged in winter, its ugly leaves clung to the vines until spring. But those same people almost invariably had some in their garden.
    As gardening became more sophisticated English Ivy began to be replaced with Boston Ivy.
    Boston Ivy has several advantages. It grows faster than English Ivy. It does not damage bricks, mortar and siding. Its shiny, emerald green leaves are more attractive. The leaves turn various shades of red and orange before dropping in fall.The exposed tracings of the vines in winter are very attractive.
  • 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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