Boston ivy Vitaceae Parthenocissus
tricuspidata (Siebold & Zucc.) Planch.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple or compound, coarsely serrated, 4 to 8 inches wide, 3-lobed (or trifoliate), shiny dark green above, much paler below.
Flower: Small, green and borne in clusters on long stems, appearing in early summer.
Fruit: A blue-black berry, 1/4 to 1/3 inch across, 1 to 2 seeds.
Twig: Slender, light reddish brown, numerous lenticels, tendrils with adhesive pads are apparent opposite the bud scars, leaf scars are round and concave.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown, corky raised lenticels.
Form: A climbing vine that may reach up to 50 feet tall.
Looks like: Virginia creeper
- English ivy
| Additional Range Information:
Parthenocissus tricuspidata is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Boston ivy.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson