How To Identify Ivy Types

While there are 15 common types of ivy plants, it can be difficult to identify the different subspecies just by looking at them. Whether you want to grow an ivy plant indoors or get a good climbing ivy for your outdoor walls, here are some ways to identify the different ivy types.

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Observe the appearance of the leaves on your ivy plant. Ivy leaves can be lobed. Some with five distinct lobes or they can be heart-shaped. Sketch the outline of a leaf on the ivy plant in question on paper to make identification easier.


Different ivy types have different sized leaves. Gauge the length and width of a mature leaf. Write the numbers down on your tracing.


Examine the color of the leaves of the ivy plant. While many ivies are green, there are variegated species that are white, yellow, or even pale green on a dark green backdrop. Write down the colors on your sketch.


Touch the leaves of the ivy plant. Feel them and jot down the texture that you feel. There are ivies that have smooth and thing leaves while others are coarse, thick, and rigid.


Examine the veins that are present of the leave of the ivy plant. Run your fingers over the veins to find out if the veins are raised or not. Note the feel of the veins on the sketch you made earlier.

Identify Ivy Types

The last step is to pull out a gardening book or online database such as the American Ivy Society and use the sketch and notes to determine the type of ivy that you have using an ivy identification chart.

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