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Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
par-then-oh-SIS-us tri-kus-pih-DAH-tah
Description

Boston Ivy is a deciduous vine that climbs by short tendrils branched with terminal sucker-like holdfasts or adhesive discs. Leaves emerge in late spring. Juvenile, 3-foliate leaflets resemble poison ivy and lack tendrils. This plant is utilized for climbing buildings, walls, masonry walls, and columns, with the adhesive discs anchoring the plant. This plant will not invade porous materials (concrete) and break it up as will adventitous roots (English ivy), but tendrils hold fast when vine is removed and may require intensive labor, or sandblasting to remove. This plant is soil tolerant, tolerant of full sun to full shade, tolerant of excessive wind, pollution, and also salt. This plant has a burgundy fall color and attracts bees and Japanese beetles.

Climbing Method: Tendrils with adhesive tips

Quick ID Hints:

  • Vine with branched tendrils & holdfasts
  • Leaves broad ovate, cordate, 3-lobed, coarsely serrate
  • Juvenile leaves 3-foliate, resemble poison ivy
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Annie Hall
  • Atropupurea
  • Aurata
  • Beverly Brook
Tags:
#white#deciduous#yellow#white flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#apvg#playground#vines#edible fruits#childrens garden#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Annie Hall
  • Atropupurea
  • Aurata
  • Beverly Brook
Tags:
#white#deciduous#yellow#white flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#apvg#playground#vines#edible fruits#childrens garden#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Parthenocissus
    Species:
    tricuspidata
    Family:
    Vitaceae
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Food Source
    Climbing Method:
    Tendrils
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are a dull, dark bluish-black berry.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are inconspicuous, pale yellowish-green to greenish-white in color, and are borne under the leaves (cymose). Peduncles are borne opposite to the leaf.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are dimorphic and alternate on dwarf shoots. Juvenile leaves sparse, palmately compound, have 3 leaflets, and are bronzed tinged. Leaves are typically broadly ovate, 4-8" wide, and are prominately 3-lobed. Lobes are subacuminate, blade base cordate, and coarsely serrate to dentately serrate. Major venation is palmate, 5-veined. Leaves are glossy dark green and glabrous above, and have pubescent veins below.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Branches are twining. Buds are brown, round-conical, and have 2-3 scales.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds