Boston Ivy Growth

Updated April 17, 2017

Add beauty to a masonry wall with the rapidly-growing Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata). This stunning ivy attracts both bees and Japanese beetles and is coarse in texture.


Boston ivy plants mature to reach 30 to 50 feet high and feature branched tendrils with five to 12 branchlets. Boston ivy has a very fast growth rate, according to the University of Connecticut Plant Database, and is considered to have invasive tendencies in some areas. This ivy is sturdy enough not to require trellises or fences for support.

Propagation & Popularity

Boston ivy is a deciduous vine that is propagated through two methods, seed and cuttings. The plant's squarish bark stems and vertically arranged lenticels, or spongy areas, and simple leaves make this a popular ornamental ivy.

Soil & Climate

Boston ivy thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 8 and prefers being planted in moist soils.


Boston ivy plants feature alternate leaves between 4 and 8 inches wide. These glossy green leaves are serrated and turn a beautiful reddish purple in the fall.

Flowers & Fruit

Small greenish-white flowers bloom in June and feature terminal indeterminate flower clusters. After the flowers have bloomed, the Boston ivy plant yields blue fruits on red stalks that ripen in September and attract birds.

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Based in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Carly Reynolds has been an article and Web content writer since 2006. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.