Hedera helix 'ARBORESCENS'

Hedera helix
Hedera helix  'ARBORESCENS'
English ivy - shrubby
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
BLOOMING TIME September - October
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE neutral to alkaline
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Ivies are the top popular climbing evergreen plants used for hiding old walls, pergolas and fences, or as ground covers under the trees. There are many species and varieties of which some of the most spectacular ones are too tender for our climate. However, we still managed to put together a good range of those that are fully hardy and beautiful at the same time. So check them out!

“Arborescens” is a shrubby ivy that represents an adult stage of common ivy hedera helix. It means that it stopped climbing and started flowering. The leaves are glossy, bright green when young and turning to dark green as they mature. They are diamond-shaped with one pointed tip against the stalk, and two rounded tips at the sides. Flowers are borne in regular spherical umbels. They come out in early autumn and attract butterflies and other insects, and are followed by small black berries.

Without a support it will form a neat, dense shrub with erect woody branches, about 1.5m tall and wide. However, if you plant it near a wall or another plant with firm branches this ivy will remember what it used to be like, and will slowly start climbing them, keeping its erect habit, flowering and leaf shape. Thus it can reach about 10m in many years.

It prefers moist but well-drained, alkaline soil but will grow in nearly any soil type, sun or shade. It is fully hardy to min. -27°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 23-12-2007

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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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