Damage To Oak Trees By Boston Ivy - Knowledgebase Question

Guthrie, OK
Question by lsshealy
November 8, 1999
Will Boston Ivy growing 20 feet plus on an Oak Tree eventually cause the tree harm?

Answer from NGA
November 8, 1999


In general a moderate amount of such a plant does not seem to harm large healthy trees. A close cousin to the Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, is a native plant and grows in companionship with oaks in the wild. However, the ivy could possibly cause it harm if it is very thick and heavy and if the tree is weak due to damage or disease.

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