Size: A dense vine growing to 50+ feet and attaching itself by means of holdfasts (adhesive disks).
Location: Prefers full sun to shade locations
Flowering: The three-parted leaves are a glossy green during the growing season and change to a brilliant red-orange in the fall. It produces blue-black berries favored by birds. Boston Ivy also produces blue-black berries favored by birds.
Maintenance: Boston Ivy will need annual pruning in the spring to keep it from covering architectural features on structures.
- 'Fenway Park': a golden leaved form of Boston ivy and
- 'Lowii': a very small-leaved and slower-growing form for small space gardens.
- 'Green Showers': a cultivar that offers lime-green foliage.
- This is the classic vine seen on buildings associated with "ivy league" schools.
- Boston Ivy, Image Credit: John Ruter on Bugwood.org