English Ivy (Hedera helix)
One of the most popular ground covers in North America, this non-native climbing
vine was introduced by early European colonists. Its vigorous growth creates an
“ivy desert” as it chokes out other plants on the ground, and it poses a threat to both
buildings and trees as it grows up vertical surfaces. The plant is reported as
invasive throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Visit the Tree Steward’s “Take Ivy Off Trees” web page for tips on English Ivy removal: http://treestewards.org/take-ivy-off-trees/.
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Tags: Grows rampantly in urban areas and roadsides, Forms “ivy deserts” in woods, inhibiting growth, Thick leaves reduce light to plants underneath, Vines grow 90 feet up trunks of trees and spread over branches, blocking sunlight to foliage, Abundant fruit dispersed by birds, Spread inadvertently through disposal of yard waste as stem fragments can root easily, Woody evergreen ground cover, Christmas Fern, (Polystichum acrostichoides), Evergreen Wood Fern (Dryopteris intermedia), Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica), Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), Hairy Alumroot (Heuchera villosa), Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), Yellowroot (Xanthoriza simplicissima)