Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'

9cm pot £9.99
available to order from late 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 sunny 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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Amazing red colour in autumn


Took its time to get established but grew very quickly by the end of the summer. Lovely leaves when green and spectacular red colour in autumn. It is nicely covering an East facing fence.

Maria Fernandez



It should have settled in for this spring


Stress that once you order a plant, have the ground prepared. It shouldn't have to sit around in a box until you can get around to it. The packaging was great and recyclable. Instructions would have been clear for all.

Oyster Catcher

East Lothian


Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'


very colourful





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Boston Ivy issue Hi there, I bought a Boston Ivy (Veitchii) plant last year which was planted in a large clay pot in November at the front of our East-facing Victorian terrace. During this first spring it grew a few leaves, but a couple of weeks ago (Mid-May) they dried up during a mini heat wave and curled at the edges and there hasn't been anymore growth since. I would appreciate some advice on how to go about rescuing the plant. Many thanks


I'm afraid that if the plant got too dry, then it may have died, however only time will tell. Therefore I would keep it well watered and see what happens over the next couple of months. I would also recommend planting it out in the ground, as these plants are much too robust for a pot.


Trying to decide between P. tricuspidata and quinquefolia for a NW facing wall/front of home location. I'll expect to prune hard at least 1-2 times per year so maintenance a given but what would be better? We're in a fairly ancient rural village but house is c.1960/70s so could do with some camouflage. Can't decide.

Monina gloriosa

Hello, As far as growing conditions, aspect and pruning requirements, there is little difference between the parthenocissus. I would say however that you usually get the best autumn colour in shadier spots with the P. henryana, which also tends to be smaller, so given that they will prefer not to be hard pruned so often, this may be your best option. Please click on the link below to go straight to it.


Question on Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii' - I want to cover a wall 10 meters long by 2 meters high with Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii' but they will have to live in containers (on the side of a paved driveway). How large should the containers be and how many plants should we provision to plant along the wall for them to cover this area? Thank you for your advice.


Hello, These plants want to get big, so they will not be happy in a pot for any length of time. If you have your heart set on them, then I would recommend you lift a few paving slabs and plant them in the ground.


when do you plant?


Hello there As a general rule fully hardy 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, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. This climber is fully hardy so as long as the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged, and it isn't freezing outside you can plant now. If you are having a cold snap, you can still keep it outside in the garden in a sheltered spot where it won't be blown over, until you can plant out. I hope this helps.

Hi, I have an ugly metal mesh fence I would like to cover reasonably quickly to block out the view from the ground floor flats the fence looks onto. The fence has a north side and south side and is in semi shade, during the winter months the fence is prone to strong winds and gales. Can you recommend a good plant to cover this fence please. The soil is clay loam and one end of the fence has a Leylandi at 25 to 30 foot tall and at the other end of the fence there is in my garden a 50 foot Betula Pendula, in summer the soil becomes dry due too these two plants.

John Barnett

Hello there This sounds quite a difficult area. Firstly I would try and improve the soil by digging lots of organic matter, like a well rotted farmyard manure. The Betula and Leyalandii will have taken a lot of the nutrients out of the soil and will soak up most of the water, so any plant will need to be kept well watered and fed for them to survive. The fact that it is windy as well is going to really limit your choice. I would try plants like Clematis alpina, or Clematis macropetala 'Lagoon'. I have attached some links below. You may need to help the plants to twine through the mesh to start with and they really will need to be kept watered and fed. Hope this helps.

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 Joanna

Joanna Swainson

Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.

Joanna Swainson

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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Mike

Michael O'Hara

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 Doctor

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Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii' Good morning all, Once again I have a question for Crocus who have always been helpful. I have a Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii', which I have always enjoyed in my other gardens. Unfortunately, where I want to grow this is at a gable end where there is only a concrete pathway, and no earth close to the house. Therefore, I have chosen to grow this lying against the wall within a large container. I still have the cane that the plant came with sloping inwards towards thebrick wall with no other means of support provided. Should I put chicken wire or similar on the wall to provide support, or will the plant cling to the wall on its own? The plant has only been in situ for a couple of months, it is busy growing, but not climbing the wall yet. Kind regards Annette

Annette Mingay

Hello Annette, These plants develop suckers at the ends of their tendrils, so they can hold themselves on a wall. Therefore you do not need to do anything else apart from point it in the right direction. I should point out though that its growth will be severely restricted in a pot. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Climbing Plant on a North-Facing Trellis Dear Sir/Madam, Could you recommend a climbing plant for a trellis? The trellis in question is set against my neighbour's wall, and faces northward. So, I'm looking for a plant to provide maximum, attractive, fast-growing coverage. Yours faithfully, Peter

Peter Lawson

Hello Peter, I have done a search on our Plant Finder and if you click on the following link it will take you to all the climbers which will grow on a north facing aspect and are fast growing (although keep in mind most plants are going into their dormant period now) I hope this helps.

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How many Boston Ivies does my Dad need? My parents have recently moved from a small city flat to suburbia and a much larger garden. Dad has always loved a particular ivy (the one at Wimbledon and Dulwich College ). After a bit of research he has discovered the plant is the above mentioned "Boston Ivy". What he would like to know is how many plants he would need to purchase from you to cover an area of 160' long x 6' high (that's 2 fences 80' each) within a year or two.


Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii') is pretty fast growing once it gets going, and one plant can cover an area of about 10m wide by 20m high. Therefore if your Dad is impatient, I would plant them at 7' (2m) intervals, otherwise planting around 17' (5m) apart will be a better option in the long term.


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