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Boston Ivy - Fenway Park Seed - 15 Count


Boston Ivy - 'Fenway Park'
Vitaceae Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Ivy, Wall Ivy, Bostonian Ivy, Old Ivy, 

Description: A flowing very open form of Boston Ivy, the leaves are longer and more dense than the standard Boston Ivies.  A strong-growing, self-clinging vine adhering itself to supports by means of adhesive pads at the ends of leaf tendrils. Tall-growing, it reaches a height of 10-20m (1-2m of annual growth). A very healthy and undemanding species, will not freeze during sever winters. This is the species use din Boston at Fenway Ballpark for the back wall. The leaves turn dark green, the variegation being very limited in a sunny position. Excellent on buildings, but is also suitable for growing over arbors, pergolas and various supports.
USDA Zone: 3a – 9b
Growth Habit: Climbing or carpeting vine, best solution for wall covering, trellis, and arbor use.
Form: A climbing vine that may reach up to 50 feet tall
Growth Rate: Rapid
Elevation: 9000'
Height: Unlimited
Spread: Unlimited
Flowers: Very small and white to neutrally colored.
Leaf: Very open form of Boston Ivy, with the leaf being dramatically different; longer and thinner than the standard.  Alternate, simple or compound, coarsely serrated, 4 to 8 inches wide, 3-lobed (or trifoliate), shiny dark green above, much paler below in shade, a lighter and more vibrant green in direct sunlight.
Flower: Small, green and borne in clusters on long stems, appearing in late May to mid August.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown, corky raised lenticels.
Twig: Slender, light reddish-brown, numerous lenticels, tendrils with adhesive pads are apparent opposite the bud scars, leaf scars are round and concave.
Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: 6.1 – 7.6 pH. Will grow in almost any soil type, sand, loam, clay, and barren soils.  Tolerates marine (Salt) environments well.
Fruit: A blue-black berry, 1/4 to 1/3 inch across, 1 to 2 seeds.
Container Growable: Yes
Propagation: Start seed in potting soil or soil amended with compost.  Keep moist and warm to expedite germination.  When ivy is 3 – 6 inches, it can be transplanted to its permanent location.
Water: Keep watered and support if drought conditions are present during first month of growing, after the plant is established, it is very drought tolerant and is readily used in Xeriscaping landscapes.
Discussion: A wonderful vine with elegant, dark green glossy foliage that turns a radiant red in fall. Famous for its use in the famous ballpark in Boston of the same name. Bluish/black berries are visible in fall following partial to full leaf drop, and provide food for birds. Unlike Virginia creeper, Boston ivy's holdfasts are tenacious allowing it to turn the mundane side of a masonry building into a stately wall of foliage. If allowed will grow to impressive size. The means by which vines climb can be divided into two broad categories: those that twine around a supporting structure, and those that hold onto structures by use of either holdfasts or aerial roots. Twining: Twining vines wrap around a support using tendrils, petioles or the stem of the vine. These vines require a support structure that facilitates twining such as a fence, arbor or trellis. When these vines become overgrown they can be renewed by cutting the entire plant back severely in early spring. Holdfasts: This group of vines attach using holdfasts or aerial roots, structures that fasten the vine stem by sticking directly to a structure. These vines can affix to almost any surface, but are best used on masonry.

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  • Model: IVY-BFEN
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 596 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: 4FH - Organic & Naturals

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