English ivy Araliaceae Hedera helix
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen and thickened, 2 to 4 inches long, shiny dark green to blue green above with pale veins and lighter green below; juvenile leaves are unlobed, leaves on flowering branches are lobed or unlobed and ovate.
Flower:Perfect, small, greenish white, in round clusters; appearing in fall.
Fruit:Round black drupes, 1/4 inch across; ripen over winter.
Twig:Slender, light green but later turning light brown with aerial rootlets.
Bark:Light brown slightly rough and finely scaly with numerous rootlets at the nodes.
Form:A low spreading ground cover that can also climb high onto buildings and trees using aerial roots.