How Much Does English Ivy Grow in a Year?

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How Much Does English Ivy Grow in a Year?
English ivy climbs and spreads quickly. (Ivy image by Tomasz Pawlowski from

English ivy can take over shady areas where nothing else will grow. Its quick rate of growth and hardy ability to withstand poor soil and cold weather makes it a popular groundcover.


English ivy is an evergreen vine often used as groundcover. It grows up to 3 feet a year, beginning the first year it is planted, and up to 8 inches tall. It is often planted in shady areas, on slopes, under trees or anywhere else in which growing grass is difficult.


A significant aspect of the growth of English Ivy is how invasive it is. Its substantial growth is a benefit to gardeners seeking quick groundcover, but a nuisance for those trying to remove it. Large areas of English ivy require mechanical assistance from string trimmers or rototillers or the chemical assistance of herbicides.


English ivy's hardy growth can add quick interest to planters, particularly when it cascades over the side of a hanging plant or container. It rapidly covers topiaries and trellises.

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