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Parthenocissus ‘Fenway Park’ – the original plant

Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Fenway Park’,Boston Ivy,Red Sox,Rare Find Nursery, Image: ©Peter del Tredici. A couple of weeks ago I was telling you about ‘Fenway Park’, the lovely yellow leaved form of the Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, and how it was found as a sport on a plant growing on a building near the Fenway Park stadium in Boston.

Well, regular Transatlantic Plantsman follower Ron Rabideau of Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ has done us all a great favor by sending me a picture of the original plant, as first discovered on that old apartment block near the stadium. And here it is.

The picture was taken by Peter del Tredici, who first spotted the plant on the way to the ball game and made sure it was propagated. Unfortunately the plant is now gone.

Isn’t it great to see a fine new variety at the moment of discovery? Thank you Peter and thank you Rob (and Anne at Rare Find for telling me the picture even existed).

And you can check out the original post about Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Fenway Park’ here. In that post I mentioned Plant Delights nursery as a source - they’re now sold out.

But Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Fenway Park’ is available by mail order from Rare Find Nursery.


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Jonathan Knisely

I think that this is the most useful image of T. parthenocissus 'Fenway Park' that exists. It clearly demonstrates the unusual, bright foliage color and the plant habitus and vigor. I have written to Google to let them know of this image's existence on this webpage. I think that this picture should come up every time someone looks for this cultivar using that search engine!

Graham Rice

Thank you Jonathan. And thank you to Peter del Tredici, who found the plant and whose image it is, and to the good people at Rare Find who told me about it and passed it on. I'm sure it will turn up in the Google image search soon.

Anyone have any more images that show a new plant in the making?

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