Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'
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A rampant scaler of walls and a necessary camouflage for unattractive buildings - with vibrant red maple-like leaves in autumn
- Position: full sun or shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This vigorous climber has glossy, bright green foliage, which will quickly cover a large north or east-facing wall. The foliage can vary in shape between deeply toothed, three-lobed leaves, to three seperate leaflets, but it all turns spectacular shades of red-purple in autumn if planted in a partially shaded spot. Mature specimens also provide an important habitat for insects and small birds. But this plant must be handled with care; it needs plenty of space, no competition from other plants and regular pruning to keep it within bounds. Not one for small gardens or for laissez-faire gardeners.
- Garden care: Provide some support until the plant is well established. (This may take up to two years). Once established, tie in stray shoots and prune in autumn or early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.
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Q:Will Boston Ivey also work for ground cover. I have a steep shady bank near a pond that needs covering.Asked on 24/9/2015 by Vic
Although I have never tried this I believe it can be grown as ground cover. This plant does need some sun it is not a plant for total shade.
Hope this helps.Answered on 25/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:How many pots would I need to plant to cover a standard fence panel and how far apart ?Asked on 19/4/2015 by Beccrow from London
These are big plants eventually (growing to around 20m tall x 10m wide) and as the average garden fence is around 1.8m x1.8, I would think you wont need many - unless you want immediate impact and are happy to be taking some of them out in a couple of years time.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Would this do ok on a sunny, but west facing wall. I have a large Cotswold stone garden wall that needs coveringAsked on 24/9/2014 by Billy Boy from West Oxfordshire
I would say it would do very well and if it is nice and sunny, you will get spectacular autumn colour. Just be aware that it is a big plant when fully grown, so it does need room to grow!Answered on 26/9/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I bought one of these a couple of years ago, making the conscious choice to get one rather than a 'virginia creeper'.
After a couple of years of growth I've been disappointed that my plant doesn't look the same as in your pics - being much less glossy and split into three separate leaves, as you describe: "The foliage can vary in shape between deeply toothed, three-lobed leaves, to three seperate leaflets". I had been assuming that I'd been sent a Virginia Creeper by mistake, rather than the Boston Ivy I had requested.
Is this variability because of the way I have planted it, or soil or other local conditions (well manured, well drained, alkali soil on the corner of S and E facing walls) or is it a genetic variation?
So, if I was sent a plant with glossy single leaves as I wanted would it stay like that when planted out in my garden? Or is there a danger that it adapts/changes over time?
Thanks!Asked on 30/5/2014 by Chris from near Bath / Wiltshire
The leaves of these climbers are variable, but I have never heard of this being affected by cultural conditions. It is however possible to have both the three-lobed leaves or those with three leaflets on the same plant, or plants that only have only have one type of leaf, but this may change over time.Answered on 2/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I've suffered extensive damage to my south-facing soft clay 1920s redbrick and it's lime mortar.
The culprit was an old established ivy (variety unknown) that i had to take down in order to patch up the damage.
I now need to disguise the ugly patched wall and i've read that Boston Ivy "Loweii" attaches only with sucker pads rather than burrowing deep into softer masonry, making it harmless to the wall.
Please advise, is the same true of this "Veitchii" variety?
Many Thanks!Asked on 6/4/2014 by Rolphonse from Bournemouth
Yes, Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii' develops suckers at the end of it's tendrils, so it can hold itself to the wall without any additional support. While it does not penetrate the building surface like an ivy, damage can happen if you tried to rip the plant from the wall.
Hope this helps.Answered on 7/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hello, when would be the best time to plant boston ivy please.Asked on 22/10/2013 by K from Preston, lancs
As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, so you could plant this now as it is still so mild, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 25/10/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
I am looking to grow a climber from my south-west facing balcony.I really just want something that will cover the balcony. Will I be able to grow such a thing from a pot, and what would you recommend?
A. RookieAsked on 16/8/2013 by A. Rookie from London
Many climbers can be grown in pots, but as their roots are restricted, they will usually never get as big as if they were planted in the ground. The trick is to get the biggest pot you can to plant them up into and make sure that they are kept really well fed and watered. If this sounds OK., then please click on the following link to take you to a list of suitable options.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.274/vid.187/Answered on 16/8/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Hi there, Am looking to provide cover from the most incredibly nosy neighbours, does Boston Ivy lose its leaves in winter like the Virginian creeper, if so can you recommend something that doesn't. Its to be grown up a trellis..
JuneAsked on 5/7/2013 by June from United Kingdom
I'm afraid all the Parthemocissus lose their leaves in winter, so if you want something evergreen, then please click on the following link to go to our full range.
I hope this helps,Answered on 9/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Climbers for North East facing wall
Hi I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Our house is a Victorian end of terrace - the side of the house faces North-East. The side of the house is very bare (only two tiny windows on ground floor) and we would like to grow something up the wall. We have had trouble with graffiti in the past and want to paint the side of the house and then put trellis to about 7ft. Can you suggest something that would grow quite quickly please. Kind Regards JoannaAsked on 6/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
A:Hello Joanna, If you click on the link below it will take you to our fast growing climbers, which will cope with low light levels. If you click into each card you can then see the eventual height and spread of each plant - some of them are pretty big. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.Answered on 9/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
Q:Boston Ivy - What is the difference between Robusta and Veitchii?
A few years ago I bought Boston Ivy (Robusta) from you. I now want to plant more Boston Ivy alongside the existing plant but notice that you now sell Boston Ivy (Veitchii). Is there any difference between these varieties? Could I plant these side by side and you would be unable to tell the difference? Thanks in advance MikeAsked on 21/9/2009 by Michael O'Hara
A:Hello Mike, All forms of Parthenocissus tricuspidatas are variable, so even if you get another 'Robusta', it may look different to the original. There is a difference between the two cultivars also. 'Robusta' tends to have larger foliage and the autumn colouring of the 'Veitchii' has darker red and purple tones. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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