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Baltic Ivy

Hedera helix 'Baltica'

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Baltic Ivy (Hedera helix 'Baltica') at Connon Nurseries CBV

Hedera helix 'Baltica'

Hedera helix 'Baltica'

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Baltic Ivy (Hedera helix 'Baltica') at Connon Nurseries CBV

Hedera helix 'Baltica' foliage

Hedera helix 'Baltica' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 8 inches

Spread: 20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: English Ivy


An evergreen climbing vine or dense groundcover with beautiful deep green foliage that will cover walls, trees and fences in short order; benefits from some protection from sun and wind in winter; very adaptable and vigorous, one of the hardiest varieties

Ornamental Features:

Baltic Ivy has dark green foliage. The glossy lobed leaves remain dark green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

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

This 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

Baltic Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Plant Characteristics:

Baltic Ivy will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 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 fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This 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 covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening Garden Groundcover Container
Winter Value
Ornamental Features