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Hedera helix 'Spetchley' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Trailing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

ivy 'Spetchley'

Family

Araliaceae


Hedera are evergreen climbing shrubs clinging by aerial roots. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers are followed by usually black berries. Foliage of flowering shoots is often less deeply lobed than that of the sterile, climbing shoots

'Spetchley' is a prostrate evergreen shrub with very small leaves deeply divided into three narrow lobes; no flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Hedera helix 'Minima' misapplied

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows best in fertile, humus-rich, alkaline soil but will tolerate acidic soils

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pests

Can get aphids, scale insects and vine weevil

Diseases

A leaf spot may be a problem