Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

2 lt pot (60cm cane) £23.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii' Boston ivy: Vigorous climber, with glossy leaves and fabulous autumn colour

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • 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, and three separate 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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Notes on Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

"A rampant scaler of walls and a necessary camouflage for unattractive buildings - with vibrant red maple-like leaves in autumn"

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Really excellent quality, the climber came within really good packaging, really pleased with my purchase




Arrived well packaged, good sized plant and healthy looking.


I have it to my son for use on a roof garden, it didn't do well, but think that was more down to care/ position than the plant


Central England




Successfully climbing cottage wall.




Excellent plant


Fast growing and attractive, I planted early last summer against a south east facing fence (roots in shade due to shrubs) and it was firmly established by the autumn.

northern seagull




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Hi I have recently bought one of the Boston Ivy plants (to replace the one which was chopped down when I needed a fence replacing.) I plan to grow it against the new fence. My question is, can it be grown in a large deep pot to keep the roots under control?


Hello, These are large and vigorous plants, so they will not thrive if kept in a pot in the long term.


Hi, what is the best method to support a new plant to grow against a wall, with the aim of getting it to cover the wall? Thank you


Hello there This plant within a couple of years will support itself, but until then I would attach some wires to the wall in a grid formation for it to be tied into.

Hi Is this plant deciduous? Thanks you.


Hello, Yes, all the Parthenocissus are deciduous.


Will Boston Ivey also work for ground cover. I have a steep shady bank near a pond that needs covering.


Hello there 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.

How many pots would I need to plant to cover a standard fence panel and how far apart ?


Hello, 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.


Would this do ok on a sunny, but west facing wall. I have a large Cotswold stone garden wall that needs covering

Billy Boy

Hello, 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!


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!


Hello, 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.


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!


Hello there 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.

Hello, when would be the best time to plant boston ivy please.


Hello there 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 helps


Hello all, 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? Thanks, A. Rookie

A. Rookie

Hello, 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.


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