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Ivy, English
Hedera helix

Leaves of English Ivy
Leaves of English Ivy
Evergreen foliage 
Full sun to shade; moist, well drained soil. 

Numerous cultivars are available, but most are not hardy north of zone 7. Some that can by used in nothern gardens include:

  • 'Baltica'-has smaller leaves, hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Bulgaria'-hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Rumania'-hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Thorndale'-larger leaves; hardy to zone 5.
Mature Height
90 Feet (Ultimate height of the vine will depend on the height of the surface on which it is grown.)
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
September - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Method of Attachment
Aerial Roots
Foliage Color
Fall Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Mites and leaf spots can be serious problems on this plant. In northern gardens, winter sun and wind can dry out and damage the evergreen foliage.
Additional Notes

This plant is also used as a ground cover.

This vine is woody and evergreen.


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Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
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