DESCRIPTION: Glossy, dark-green and gold variegated with some gray-green; in cooler temperatures, gold variegation is brighter; many uses for this plant from hanging baskets, walls, groundcover, to indoor gardening. BOTANICAL...
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DESCRIPTION: Glossy, dark-green and gold variegated with some gray-green; in cooler temperatures, gold variegation is brighter; many uses for this plant from hanging baskets, walls, groundcover, to indoor gardening.

BOTANICAL NAME: Hedera helix 'Gold Child'
OTHER NAMES:  English Ivy
GROUP/CLASS:
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 10 Feet
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 3 Feet
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun, Partial Shade and Full Shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Green
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: 

Ornamental Features

Gold Child Ivy has attractive gold-variegated dark green foliage with hints of grayish green. The glossy lobed leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Child Ivy is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Gold Child Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Gold Child Ivy will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This woody vine performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Gold Child Ivy makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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