• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Boston ivy

Boston ivy

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  • Other common names Boston ivy
    Japanese creeper

    Japanese ivy

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  • Synonyms Ampelopsis hoggii
    Ampelopsis tricuspidata

    Vitis inconstans

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  • Genus Parthenocissus are vigorous deciduous climbers with either tendrils or disk-like suckers, and lobed or palmate leaves which often colour brilliantly in autumn. Inconspicuous green flowers are sometimes followed by attractive blue or black berries

  • Family Vitaceae / Vitaceae

  • Species P. tricuspidata is a very vigorous, self-clinging large deciduous climber. Leaves mostly ovate or three-lobed, turning brilliant crimson and purple in autumn. Flowers inconspicuous; berries dull blue

  • Plant range China, Japan

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation For the best autumn colour, site in partial shade or full shade. It thrives in any fertile, well-drained soil

Propagation Propagate by layering or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 in early winter, can also be cut back in summer if need be

Pests May get glasshouse red spider mite and vine weevil

Diseases Generally disease free

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