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Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy, Japanese Creeper)

Type Climber, Deciduous
Form Spreading arching
Size Climbing or Spreading Plant
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Parthenocissus tricuspidata Description

This large leaved climber can be a bit of a brut, but it will quickly scramble and cling to an ugly wall, providing a deciduous covering of impressive lush dark green foliage that turns yellow through to crimson red in autumn.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata - Cultivation Notes

Boston ivy is a very vigorous and fast growing self clinging climber. It will grow on most soils but prefers a fertile well drained medium in fullsun or light shade. Plant this climber in autumn or spring with plenty of compost up against wall or fence. This climber will self cling but be ready for regular trimming once established and don't let it get out of hand.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Parthenocissus tricuspidata:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Parthenocissus tricuspidata

  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

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