General description: The Thorndale ivy is the only perennial evergreen climber that is very popular in Poland. This vine grows around 1 m a year and reaches a height of 15-20 m. It spread very nicely on its own. Thanks to its adventitious roots, it easily creeps up walls, fences, arbours and all types of garden support, and also works great as a groundcover plant.
Flowers: This ivy has tiny, inconspicuous flowers. They are not regarded as a decorative trait.
Blooming: The late blooming of the Thorndale ivy around September/October makes it a highly valued melliferous variety.
Leaves: The Thorndale variety has five-lobed, dark green leaves with light-coloured veins. It’s a very decorative vine due to its beautiful, stiff, glossy leaves that remain green throughout the year, even in winter.
Fruit: This ivy has small, decorative, navy blue berries that help birds survive the winter.
Cultivation requirements: The Thorndale ivy grows well in semi-shaded or shaded areas. It is best to plant it in locations with a northern or north-western exposure. It doesn’t tolerate dry and acidic soils. Seedlings should be planted half a metre apart.
Care: Thorndale is practically maintenance-free. If desired, old stems can be pruned any time of the year.
Overwintering: This is the most frost-resistant ivy variety. Only very harsh, prolonged frosts may cause it to freeze. Even after that, however, this vine bounces back, growing again from the roots.
Props: Thorndale is perfect for planting next to trellises, pergolas and arbours, building walls, poles and columns, trees, fences and gates, in plant containers and to beautify public green spaces.