DESCRIPTION: This variety is a small climber or dense groundcover with elegant, dark green leaves that have 3 to 5 sharply pointed lobes; benefits from some protection from sun and wind;...
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DESCRIPTIONThis variety is a small climber or dense groundcover with elegant, dark green leaves that have 3 to 5 sharply pointed lobes; benefits from some protection from sun and wind; perfect for containers, hanging baskets, or stone walls.

BOTANICAL NAME: Hedera helix 'Needlepoint'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 1 Meter
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to full shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Insignificant
FLOWERING TIME: N/A
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Emerges chartreuse turning dark green with light green veins
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage

Ornamental Features

Needlepoint English Ivy has attractive dark green foliage with light green veins which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small glossy lobed leaves are highly attractive. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Needlepoint English Ivy is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Invasive

Needlepoint English Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Needlepoint English Ivy will grow to be about 12 inches 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, slope, or hanging basket. It grows at a fast rate.

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. Parts of the plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Needlepoint English Ivy makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in indoor 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. 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. 

 

 

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