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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: up to 36 feet (12 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Other: Only on adult form
Flower Color: Green
Other: greenish white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Wasps
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 1, 2020 8:53 AM

What we call English-Ivy is native to Europe, especially southeast Europe where it is a shrub with vine-like extensions. It is one of those plants that are romanticised, with people thinking of a cute woody vine (liana) on cottage walls. I think it makes a great houseplant or as annual use outdoors, if one has one of the many cultivars with variegated leaf markings. However, it escapes cultivation in the US in Zones 6 and higher and has become a horrible invasive vine when some birds eat the black fruit of the mature form and spread its seeds around; and big vines weigh down trees. As a groundcover and/or a vine in a yard, it needs constant supervision because it is so happy to grow out-of-bounds and grow into the space of other plants. I don't think it is worth the cost benefit ratio of having a big mass of this plant. Best to keep it all by itself. I've seen it sneak under vinyl siding of buildings when next to a building. The immature form has the beloved leaves of 3 to 5 lobes that are sort of maple-like, but the mature form develops unlobed leaves that resemble Catalpa leaves and it will bear the clusters of the slightly poisonous berry-like black drupes that mature in April-May. Fortunately, for USDA Zones 4 &5, English-Ivy does not grow up real high and change to the mature form.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 14, 2016 1:07 PM

This is an invasive plant in Washington. It has escaped cultivation and has established itself in our parks and forests, where it literally strangles mature shrubs and trees. It can, however, be used judiciously if care is taken to prevent unwanted spread. It makes a beautiful accent to outdoor events, woven through trellises and as table decor.

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