Virginia creeper, although sometimes mistaken for ivy, has many advantages when it comes to covering walls and pergolas.. Modern materials have built-in waterproof characteristics, and if the plant is cut back at windows and gutters it is unlikely to cause problems. Ivy has always had a bad press - being self-clinging it digs into mortar and pulls off rendering. In themselves they do not cause damage. It makes a magnificent display for about three weeks in September/October. do not usually cause damage to wall surfaces, but common or English ivy (Hedera helix sp.) The best product to use on Virginia creeper is diluted glyphosate. That said, tree roots don’t deliberately or even directly damage most homes’ foundations. Clinging vines attach themselves directly to a surface by means of holdfasts (adhesive discs) or by small aerial roots. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. It will grow roots very quickly. A quick internet search would bring up plenty of data that the raphides in Virginia Creeper (and other plants such as Agave and Dieffenbachia) can cause a horrible reaction in some people. But in autumn, a house covered with flaming red Virginia creeper takes some beating. OK, I've not been successful at all. This can then cause subsidence, creating major cracks in the brickwork and physically sinking the property. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. So what kills Virginia creeper then? We have a Virginia Creeper growing up the back of our three storey house. When we moved to the house 10 years ago, the previous owner had allowed Virginia Creeper to cover most of the brick front of the house. The vine flowers in late spring with small, inconspicuous green flowers. Any house can get a pick-up in spring and summer with window boxes, hanging baskets and pots. The proviso being , that the walls are in good order. Jasmine and winter honeysuckle have gorgeous scents. English ivy use tendrils which will go into and damage … However he thinks the roots might be damaging (cracking) his foundation, and he wants me to pull out the roots. For a longer-term view, wistaria, honeysuckle, clematis, rose or passion flower are more controllable and will not smother other plants. However, you should only plant a facade greening on an exterior wall without any existing damage. I regularly cut down the vine on the side of his house (it’s brick), and always get it off his roof if it gets that far. As a perennial weed, Virginia creeper will be tough to control as it can easily regrow after foliar injury from its extensive underground root system. Hello, Its leaves have five leaflets and morph from their summer green into a fall foliage color ranging from reddish-orange to burgundy. 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