This deciduous woody vine is remarkably easy to grow, but you will probably need to periodically prune it aggressively to keep it in check. Though not as problematic as English ivy, Boston ivy can damage wood siding, gutters, and even roofing if it is left unsupervised. In scattered parts of North America, it is regarded as an invasive plant, and growing it is discouraged. But where suitable, Boston ivy is always a better choice than English ivy.
Boston ivy vines not only lend greenery through the summer, but they also provide fall color. In spring, the new leaves of Boston ivy are reddish. The leaves typically turn green in summer before reverting to a reddish color in fall. The plants produce inconspicuous flowers, yielding to clusters of dark blue berries that birds enjoy.
Boston ivy is generally planted from potted nursery starts in late spring or early summer. It is a fast-growing vine that can add 3 to 10 feet each year. Mature plants can reach 50 feet and sometimes even more.