Parthenocissus tricuspidata - Boston Ivy Description
This fast-growing vine creates a wonderful covering of dark, glossy-green leaves which turn brilliant orange-red in the fall.
Boston Ivy grows rapidly clinging to walls and other means of support by tiny rootlets. If left alone will grow up to 50 feet tall. It can handle a great deal of shearing. Annual pruning of new growth will maintain desired size.
Boston Ivy is perfect growing along walls, fences, and up garden sheds. You can use Boston ivy as a low maintenance groundcover in large areas where its vigor in the landscape help conceal unsightly objects.
This deciduous vine is easy to grow and will do well in areas other vines would do poorly. While tolerating dry and poor soil, it does best with rich soil. Plant in sun to part shade. It does grow in shade, but you will sacrifice the brilliant fall color.
Small inconspicuous green flowers in early summer morph into blue-black berries which are attractive to birds.
Provides the perfect back-drop for flowering shrubs like Hydrangea or Butterfly Bush.
Special features: Cold hardy, Color change, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fast growing, Fall color, Foliage interest, Multi-seasonal interest, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant
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Soil: Well-drained, loamy soil
Light: Full sun to Partial shade
Water: Water needs are average.
Spacing: Vines are vigorous and rapid growers, and will grow to 50 ft high and 10-12 ft wide, so space generously.
Fertilizing: While fertilizing is often unnecessary, if you have poorer soil, you may apply a slow release type such as "Osmotcote" in the spring as new growth coming on.
Winterizing: Boston ivy winter care is minimal and consists primarily of pruning. First year vines may benefit from a layer of mulch, but older plants are very hardy and don't need added protection.
Maintenance & Pruning: Prune the vines once each year (in late winter), so as to check the rapid growth. Simply prune away any growth that is out of place (that is, either vines that are sticking out in an unsightly way or vines that have grown beyond the territory that you want them to cover). The vines respond well to pruning, so have no fear!
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