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It also produces whitish-green flowers in spring and small, bluish-black fruits in fall. Ivy grows moderately to very quickly, depending on growing conditions. If soil is rich, moist, well-drained and in moderate to full shade, ivy will be very happy and grow very quickly.

Though it grows in areas with cold winter climates, it loves a long growing season in regions without harsh winters. In these places it can reach mounding heights of a foot. The ivy can grow several feet in both height and width in a single year. Because ivy is such a rapid grower, it is often used to fill in garden areas as an attractive groundcover. When planted in containers, it overflows with trailing stems.

Does ivy kill trees? - Woodland Trust

Or it can be used to cover the barren wall of a house or shed. Install trellises several inches away from walls to prevent the roots from becoming embedded in the side of a building. And, if your home has a brick wall, the ivy roots can gain a foothold in any small cracks in the mortar, enlarging the cracks and causing the mortar to deteriorate.

Does it harm trees for ivy to grow?

Unfortunately, where it is not wanted, ivy is difficult to eradicate because of its quick growth and tenacious vines, but it can be done. Start by pulling it up wherever possible and cutting it off at the base of trees so that upper vines die, after which you can pull them down more easily. If herbicides are desired to kill the ivy entirely, make sure you apply them when temperatures are over 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sarah Moore has been a writer, editor and blogger since She holds a master's degree in journalism. It roots at many points, with stems that cover a wide area. The effect of ivy on historic monuments was such a significant issue that English Heritage carried out a three-year project with Oxford University to determine the true effects of ivy growing on walls. Ivy's protective properties also preserves walls from frost, salt and pollution. As with trees, if there is any existing damage to a structure, ivy will add to the problem as it roots into cracks and crevices.

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