Ivy, Boston (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ivy, Boston
Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Leaves of Boston Ivy
Leaves of Boston Ivy
Fall color is scarlet. 
Full sun to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions. 
  • 'Fenway Park' leaves start out yellow, then change to green in summer and red in autumn.
  • 'Purpurea' has leaves that are reddish purple in summer and change to red in autumn.
  • 'Veitchii' has smaller leaves than the species.
Mature Height
30-50 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
June - July
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Method of Attachment
Aerial Roots
Foliage Color
Fall Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Relatively trouble free although insects and disease problems will show up from time to time.
Additional Notes
This vine is woody and deciduous.


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic