English Ivy is native to Europe and Western Asia.  Areas that this plant occupies include deciduous forest edges, woodlands, hedgerows, coastal areas, salt marsh edges, and other upland areas.  These areas have just the right soil type for English Ivy: wet, but not extremely wet.

Distribution of Hedera Helix in North America.

 Most garden soils are adequate for Hedera Helix, along with many other types.  This plant likes its soil to be well-drained and moist, but it is far from picky.  As long as the soil is not Hedera helix by maggie_and_her_camera.extremely wet, English Ivy will survive.  Some can survive in full sun and deep shade, but what the ivy really prefers is slightly sunny to shady light.  It does the best in the winter sun and summer shade and prefers the cold and heat tolerant zones of 4-9.

 In its habitat, English Ivy is usually surrounded by larger organisms that it can crawl up.  Most common neighbors to the plant are deciduous trees, such as elms, oaks, and maples.  Sometimes they live near evergreen pine trees, and they are often seen around fellow ivy plant Poison Ivy.  A lot of times, it is difficult to distinguish between the English Ivy and the Poison Ivy.


Poison Ivy Leaves                                                   English Ivy Leaves