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Climber Wall Shrub

Hedera helix 'Niagara Falls'
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ivy 'Niagara Falls'

Vigorous, self-clinging evergreen climber to about 5m tall, with asymmetic, matt leaves, splashed and speckled dark and pale green and grey and cream. May produce small flowers in greenish umbels during autumn, followed by black berries on mature foliage

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey
Summer Green Grey
Autumn Green Green Grey Black
Winter Green Grey
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Araliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing, Trailing
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten, skin irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerant of a range of soils and conditions but grows best in ferile, humus-rich well-drained alkaline soil in a sheltered spot. See Hedera (ivy) cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings at any time, semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings from late summer to late winter, layering or grafting at any time

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 11, at any time

Pests

May be susceptible to red spider mites, scale insects and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely) and a leaf spot

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