Ivy Baltic

Grower's Comments: Like many vines, the first year it sleeps; the next it creeps, and the next it leaps!,


USDA Zone 4 to USDA Zone 9

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White, not noticed

Perennial and evergreen

As needed to control

None nnoted; deer resistant

  Drought Tolerant
  Erosion Control
  Part Sun
  Poor Soil



Baltic Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine. Vines attach to the bark of trees, brickwork, and other surfaces by way of numerous, small root-like structures, which exude a glue like substance. Older vines are known to reach a foot in diameter. Leaves are dark green, waxy, somewhat leathery, and are arranged alternately along the stem. Baltic ivy has many recognized leaf forms, the most common being a 3-lobed leaf with a heart-shaped base. Leaves in full sun are often un-lobed, oval and have wedge-shaped bases. Umbrella-like clusters of small, greenish-white flowers appear in the fall if sufficient sunlight is available. Fruits mature in Spring and are black with a fleshy outer covering enclosing one to a few hard, stone-like seeds. NOTE: Compounds in Baltic ivy are somewhat toxic and include glycosides that cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervous conditions and dermatitis in sensitive individuals. This characteristic helps ensure spread of the seeds by many native songbirds that are attracted to the black berries in spring when other food sources are limited.