h3. Hedera helix Variegata
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Variegated English Ivy is a hardy, evergreen vine or groundcover, European in origin. As a vine, it attaches itself by aerial rootlets to masonry walls and other surfaces such as tree trunks. This often aggressive vine may become invasive. It can be particularly detrimental to trees and can cause premature decline or death if allowed to grow up and overtake them. The leaf colour is medium green with sharp yellow to cream leaf margins and lighter green spots.
English ivy is dioecious, meaning that single plants produce either male or female flowers. Mature plants put forth inconspicuous pale yellow-green blooms in summer and female plants produce black, berry-like fruits late in the season. These fruits are eaten and spread by birds.