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Prince Avenue Ivy

Hedera helix 'Prince Avenue'

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Prince Avenue Ivy (Hedera helix 'Prince Avenue') at Satellite Garden Centre

Prince Avenue Ivy

Prince Avenue Ivy

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  English Ivy

Description:

A large evergreen woody perennial shrub; doesn't spread but rather forms a rounded shrub; glossy, dark green sword like leaves; good for the back of shrub borders or screening; can be invasive into natural areas in mild climates

Ornamental Features

Prince Avenue Ivy has clusters of yellow flowers along the branches in late summer. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Prince Avenue Ivy is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. 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 shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Prince Avenue Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Prince Avenue Ivy will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial 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.

Prince Avenue 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 height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features