Parthenocissus tricuspidata - Boston Ivy
Family: Vitaceae

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Pathenocissus tricuspidata is a lush and vigorous climbing vine with glossy summer foliage and rich yellow, red, and burgundy autumn foliage.

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-large climbing semi-woody vine

-maturing at least to the height and width of the structure upon which it climbs, sometimes over 100'

climbing vine growth habit

-rapid growth rate (3-10' per year once established)

foliage Foliage

-emerging bronzed, changing to a medium then dark green, with very glossy upper surfaces, to 6" wide

-each leaf has 3 prominent lobes, or sometimes is so deeply sinuate that it forms 3 leaflets at the top of the petiole

-coarsely serrated (almost dentate), having acuminate apices on the lobes, with a 4" long petiole, and with the leaf blades parallel to the structure upon which the vine is climbing

-brilliant glossy yellow, orange, scarlet, crimson, and/or wine autumn color begins in Sept. and abscises in Oct. sometimes with the petioles remaining attached for a week or 2 to the stems after the leaflets have abscised




-hidden by the foliage



-clusters of small bluish-black grape fruits

-readily eaten by the birds

-usually hidden by the foliage

-maturing in Sept.-Oct.


-heavily lenticeled and bumpy, with holdfasts for stone, brick, wood, or bark attachment


-not applicable

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-prefers full sun to partial sun in moist, well-drained soils, but is tolerant of a wide range of urban stresses, including heat, drought, high light reflection, poor soils, thin soils, compacted soils, restricted root zones, soils of variable pH, and heavy pruning

-virtually no disease or pest problems of significance

-moderate availability, usually as a young vine staked or trellised in containers


-zones 4 to 8


-native to Central China

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-rapid growth

-dense foliage

-excellent autumn color


-may cover windows, doors, and wire mesh screens


-structural cover


-medium texture in foliage and when bare

-thick density

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species


-large and vigorous vines with a solid anchoring system, and especially utilized for the cover of stone or brick buildings in environmental conditions ranging from full sun to full shade (Hedera helix, Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

-climbing vines with excellent autumn color (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)


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