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How destructive is Ivy?

Posted by goodbyekitty Zone 6 Wa/Sunset 3 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 15:40

I am zone 6 sunset 3, i.e., very cold winters and very hot summers.

I have a south facing chimney that I would like to plant a climbing vine on. I was thinking a hardy ivy. The chimney is in good shape but I hear ivy can dig themselves into cracks. I'd make sure it didn't go beyond the chimney because our house is stucco.

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RE: How destructive is Ivy?

May I suggest you type your question into and read what people have experienced with this monster - it isn't good!

RE: How destructive is Ivy?

There is a local floral shop here that has been growing an evergreen ivy on their wall for several years. It's about 12' by 10' area. It hasn't gone beyond that wall because it's maintained all the time and I imagine they use it quite a bit in their designs.

RE: How destructive is Ivy?

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 13:41

The types ivy that will cling by means of aerial rootlets will eventually scar and damage your chimney. Also, the common ivy often found to have once been used in that type of application, English ivy, has now been listed as a noxious weed by the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

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