Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. It will also grow in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers rich loams. Tolerates some drought, but produces best foliage color in evenly moist soils. In the St. Louis area, plants will benefit from a shady placement that will provide some protection from winter wind and sun and from hot summer temperatures. ‘Arborescens’ may only be propagated vegetatively. Plants propagated by seed will sprout as aggressive, juvenile stage climbing/spreading vines.
‘Arborescens’ is an unusual shrub form of English Ivy. It is an adult stage plant of Hedera helix that will not climb or crawl (no adventitious stem rootlets), but will grow as a dense, rounded, evergreen shrub to 3’ tall. Clusters of greenish-white flowers appear in early autumn followed by blue-black fruit. Arbor means tree in reference to the shrubby upright habit of this plant.
No serious insect or disease problems. Aphids, mealy bugs, caterpillars and scale may appear. Watch for leaf spots, canker, bacterial leaf spot, stem rot and powdery mildew. Mites can be significant problem. Winter burn may occur in cold winter areas where plants are grown in exposed sites.
Interesting shrub ivy for shrub border, small hedge or foundation. Pot or container.