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English ivy Hedera helix
ivy, a native of Eurasia, is a climbing woody vine with alternate,
dark green, waxy leaves. It was introduced into the United States in colonial
times. In contrast to many other woody vines, this plant blooms in the
fall, producing purple fruits, which are eaten and dispersed by birds.
It is well adapted to shade and readily invades forests where it forms
dense stands that exclude native species. It produces a large number of
adventitious roots which enables it to climb trees. The waxy layer on
the leaves makes it especially resistant to herbicides.
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