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Parthenocissus tricuspidata - Boston Ivy

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Vitaceae (Grapes)
Origin: China (Asia)
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) - This large plant, most popularly known for covering the brick buildings on Ivy League college campuses, is a deciduous vine that quickly makes a thick mat on any type of support. The leaves are variable in shape but usually they have three serrated lobes. During the autumn the leaves turn scarlet red. Plant in sun or shade, water regularly. The name Parthenocissus comes from Greek word 'parthenos' meaning "virgin" and 'kissos' (Latinized as 'cissus"), an ancient name for an ivy-like vine. The reasons given for this name vary with some believing it comes from the fact that some species in the genus form seeds without pollination (Apomixis) or that the scientific name actually was in reference to the English common name "Virginia creeper" for this plant since Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I, also known as the the "Virgin Queen". 

Information about Parthenocissus tricuspidata displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.

 
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