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Types of English Ivy

By Denise Stern ; Updated September 21, 2017

English ivy is classified as a climbing vine. It may also be considered invasive, as it finds ways to grow through mortar in brick walls, through flooring and into other garden areas if not routinely trimmed and cared for. English ivy is nevertheless a beautiful ground cover that may also be used as a trellis or privacy fence covering, or as a ground cover in large or small areas of a property. English ivy is available in several different types, and may grow just about anywhere as long as it has light and a place to go.


Needlepoint or needle nose English ivy has long, pointed leaves that grow up to 2 inches long. Clusters of Needlepoint English ivy may grow as high as 12 inches and spread quite rapidly if not regularly checked. Needlepoint ivy prefers dryer soil and likes a bit of shade. This English ivy species may be grown in Hardiness Zones 6 through 10 in the U.S.

Anne Marie

Anne Marie English ivy is recognized by a slight white-gray shading around the outer edges of its leaves/ Growing to about 2.5 inches long, the leafy English ivy variety may grow up in clusters about 12 inches high and also prefers relatively dry soil between weekly or biweekly watering, depending on climate. Anne Marie variegated English ivy can grow in Hardiness Zones 5 through 10.


Baltica English ivy produces a rather splotched appearance of whitish-gray circles or spots on its leaves, which are more rounded and less defined than the leaves of either Anne Marie or Needlepoint English ivy varieties. The leaves are also smaller and its veins are white-colored. Baltica English ivy prefers dry soil, and may be planted in Hardiness Zones 5 through 10, often reaching clusters about one foot in height.

Gold Child

Gold Child English ivy got its name because of the gold or yellowish hue found on the outsides of the leaves. The leaves of this English ivy variety are a bit larger than other English ivy varieties, growing up to 3 inches wide. Gold Child English ivy can be planted and grown in Hardiness Zones 6 through 10, and prefer dry soil between watering.


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Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.