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Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: colchica (KOHL-chik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sulphur Heart

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive killdawabbit On Jul 11, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I wouldn't be without this one. It does ramble but I just pull it where I don't want it. With extra good growing conditions mine appears to revert to mostly green-which is still beautiful. With poor growing conditions it will have much more yellow variegation. Scorches in sun here. See my pics.

Positive Ficurinia On Dec 1, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

In the Pacific Northwest, for the most part, ivy is considered a noxious invader. That taken into account, I do actually have some in my garden and I raise it responsibly. This is one of the Hedera plants I simply couldn't live without. Like the others I have, this one is easy to control and contain. I used it to cover an archway in my garden and it brightens that area and grows happily. The large leaves look very exotic as well and it is always a joy to look at.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jan 17, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Also synonymous with 'Paddy's Pride.' Dark green cordate to entire 6" leaves, with a subtle lighter-green central area with gold veins, and sparse edge-serrations. More tolerant to winter sun and cold than more variegated H. colchica. May loose its leaves in extreme cold, but stems remain alive. A bold alternative to the common H. helix.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado
Roslyn, New York
Chesterland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Christiana, Tennessee
West Jordan, Utah

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