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Parthenocissus tricuspidata Beverley Brook


Boston Ivy

Fiery red autumn coloured leaves

A deciduous climber that has wonderful autumn colour and is great for covering an old wall or fence. This beautiful plant has glossy green leaves, slightly jagged at the edges that turn in autumn to a rich red and plum-purple. The vigorous stems are self-clinging once the plant has established and will reach heights of 60 ft. of more.


Preferably in part shade, anywhere there is a need to cover a structure or as ground cover.


It can be planted in any well-drained soil. Prepare the soil before planting by adding organic matter. Provide support until the plant begins to climb and then prune as necessary to keep within boundaries and maintain the shape.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From March to September