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Does ivy harm trees?

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Does ivy growing on living trees harm the trees?  Does the ivy draw any nourishment from trees, or is it just using the trees for support like it does on walls?

 

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Ivy is rooted in the ground and gets its nourishment like any other vine.  Two potential problems with any kind of vines growing on trees is competition for sunlight--(leaves of vines shade out tree leaves), and the vines themselves girdling the tree as they get larger and thicker.

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And this year, there's the added problem of when the ivy dies from cold there is an ugly mess 60 feet up the tree that will be shedding leaves and twigs for a long time. So sad.

Evergreen euonymus vines died back this year, too. Not sure if their branches died but the leaves above snow line did. In the case of the ivy, leaves and branches are dead and we think there's dieback even to the ground in some cases.

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