Boston Ivy "Bright Green"

This plant is a light variant of the well-known wild vine "Veitchii". It also has somewhat weaker growth. Where bright greenery is desired for design, architectural or other reasons, this plant can help!

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(Cultivar of "Parthenocissus tricuspidata")

Boston Ivy "Bright Green"

To Thrive...

Place these vines in a semi-shaded to sunny location; more sun exposure brings more beautiful autumn colours. However, the leaves may be damaged in hot, sunny locations (south-facing walls). Distance between plants: 2.5 - 5 metres.

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Characteristics and Pruning

This is a climbing vine with adhesive pads that cling to nearly any surface. It grows wide and fan-shaped; the shoots like to spread horizontally. This vine can reach a height of 8 metres and more, with a yearly growth of 0.5 - 1.5 metres. Also has a cascading / hanging- over habit. Foliage from May to October; has inconspicuous, tiny green-yellow flowers in early summer and small black berries which will delight bees and birds after leaf-fall. Summer prune as needed to restrain its vigorous growth; winter prune as illustrated in photos. Tiny lignified discs remain stuck to the wall after removal of the vine.

Climbing Supports for the Facade

Boston Ivy "Bright", unlike other "wild vines," typically needs no climbing support. However, in some cases and especially on wind-exposed walls, wire rope systems (see below) in our easy or medium range may be needed to prevent collapsing of the vine. In cases of very high walls or walls with external insulation, heavyor evenmassive wire rope systems might be needed. In very old specimens, the main framework can be attached at points per rope system 1010.


Boston Ivy can cause significant damage to buildings! The plant grows in a light-fleeing way ('negatively phototropic') and, as the shoots get into nooks and crannies and increase their stem girth, they can damage masonry, shift apart building elements, and lift roof shingles! Insufficient removal of foliage may also block roof gutters.



Compatible wire rope systems?

Please click the image to see which trellises are a good fit for Boston ivy

Leipzig, Grassi Museum: Left "Bright Green", centre and right "Veitchii"
Leipzig, Grassi Museum: Left "Bright Green", centre and right "Veitchii"
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Further examples of wild wine "Bright Green"

Wire Rope Systems for Boston Ivy "Bright Green"

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