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Boston/Virginia creeper

Hi I’m going mad here. I have a ‘Virginia creeper’ on my front west facing wall but it’s an untidy twining plant producing long tendrils and with smallish leaves. This is not what I was expecting. I’m looking for what my mum calls a ‘Boston or Virginia creeper’ which has larger toothed three point leaves, is self clinging, and grows much closer to the wall. Am i mixing up two different plants or can anyone help?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    2 different plants  :) 
    Boston Ivy [parthenocissus tricuspida] has ivy shaped leaves [clue's in the title ;) ] with 3 larger lobes,  and Virginia creeper [parthenocissus quincefolia] ] has more finely divided, longer foliage with about 5 distinct 'fingers'. 
    They're both self clinging though, but sometimes need a little help to guide them onto a support. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    And both turn glorious red in autumn.
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