The attached photos were taken in a friends garden yesterday. Can anyone help identify it pleaseenter image description here The picture was taken in Watford Herts UK at back of garden adjacent to wasteland.

  • With identification questions, it's useful to describe the plant in as much detail as you can, where in the world you found the plant, and the conditions where you found it (sun, shade, rocky hillside, forested riverbank, and so on). If you have more information about the plant, please update your question to add it. Thanks!
    – Niall C.
    Apr 2 '15 at 14:21
  • It looks almost like bittersweet, but the leaves aren't quite right. They are too squat and short.
    – Escoce
    Apr 2 '15 at 14:42

It's Hedera Helix, common or English ivy.

What you see here is the "mature" shape of the leaves.

Young plants have the typical "ivy-shaped" leaves and the flattish, creeping/climbing appearance we all know:juvenile

But once the plant has reached a certain age / size, the top part grows "bushy", leaf shape is different and flowers / berries appear:adult

Here is a photo I took today of an ivy in the transitional stage. Note the flat leaves on the lower part of the trunk and the mature branches in the upper part:



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