Do Climbing Plants Damage Siding? - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by joe_wirtz
March 27, 2000
The front of my brick home is very plain and faces eastward. I would like to liven it up by planting a climbing perennial. I've recently heard that a study showed that ivies are no longer considered a threat to the brick and mortar. Is that true?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2000


Yes, research has shown that ivies and peennial vines that cling to brick or wood with sticky pads do not cause damage. In some cases dampness can be a problem, especially with wood siding, if the vine holds a good deal of moisture against the wall. Since your exposure is east, the morning sun should dry things out enough to prevent problems.

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