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Climber Wall Shrub

Hedera maroccana
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Moroccan ivy

Vigorous, evergreen climber about 5m tall, with bright red leaf stalks bearing glossy, pale to mid-green, 3-5 lobed broadly elliptic leaves, to 12cm across. Between late summer and late winter, small, greenish flowers, in umbels, are followed by globular black fruits, ripening in spring or early summer, 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
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Black
Summer Green
Autumn Green Yellow Green
Winter Green Yellow Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Araliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten: skin irritant/allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents): Harmful if eaten, skin irritant/allergen. For further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
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

Correct

Plant range
Morocco

How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerant of a range of soils and conditions but grows best in fertile, 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
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Ground cover
  • 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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