English Ivy in Winter

English Ivy in WinterEnglish Ivy in winter is very obvious.  The starkness of the trees strikes me as the English Ivy grows up the trunks, green, alive and robust in the middle of the winter. You can clearly see this in the picture.  With all the tree leaves gone you see English Ivy growing up trees.  English Ivy is an evergreen perennial so all its leaves stay green in the winter.  The winter is a good time to take stock of any trees where you want to obliterate the ivy.  Please see my previous blog post English Ivy Can Kill Trees for more information.

English Ivy In Winter Covering This Tree

English Ivy can be considered an invasive plant as it takes over trees.  It was introduced to the United States by the English settlers.  Some people love it as a groundcover.  Make sure you control it as a groundcover by cutting any vines that you don’t want.

English Ivy needs to grow up trees in order to mature.  It will not flower until it is growing up.  Notice English Ivy as groundcover and you will never see it flower.  Trimming it on the ground keeps it from flowering and forming seeds.

To the left I posted a picture of a tree covered by English ivy, even more so than the picture above.  The English Ivy has taken on its own form massively covering the tree trunk on the right.  Imagine the weight of all that ivy on that tree!

English Ivy has some benefits if you don’t mind eventually losing your tree.   In the fall, when most flowers are not blooming anymore, English Ivy breaks forth with its blooms.  Many a pollinator visit this food source in the fall when not much else is available.  This is a great advantage for the insects.  In a forest of many trees having a few that look like this wouldn’t be so bad, because there are so many trees.  See this link on English Ivy and pollinators for more information.