The Q&A Archives: Climbing Ivy

Question: Is there a kind of Ivy that I can grow in Oklahoma that will stay green most or all year; up a stucco wall of a house that won't be harmful to the stucco? If not what kind will do the least harm to the wall? I've heard that Boston Ivy would be good.

Answer: English ivy or Hedera helix is an evergreen ivy that grows on walls (or other surfaces) and clings with little holdfasts or hairy feet. Boston ivy and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) also cling that way but are not evergreen. Both of these vines would grow on stucco but may cause the stucco to detach from the wall. The reason for this is that the vines are very heavy and the feet will exacerbate any weaknesses in the surface of the stucco. In general it would not be recommended to grow either of these on stucco.

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