|This plant, though hardy and trouble-free, should never be allowed to grow up the trunks of trees or to climb on wood. Leaves have 3-5 lobes and range in size and shape depending on cultivar. A native of Europe, the plant grows well in zones 5-10 and thrives in moist, but well drained soil soil in sun or shade.
The American Ivy Society has divided ivies into several categories depending on leaf shape and type. The shapes include ivy, heart-shaped, fan, bird's foot, and curly. The types are miniature - all plants with leaves less than 1" long and delicate in appearance, Oddities - having unusual shape traits such as upright or non-vining, and variegated - leaves having more than color or a single color that is not green.