Want to add a unique touch to your landscape? Plant a beautiful climbing vine at the base of one of your trees or shrubs! The vine will climb up and through the plant’s branches. (Just be careful not to damage the roots of the tree or shrub when you are planting the vine.)
If your landscape could use some color…
One of the best climbing vines to grow on trees and shrubs is the hardy, beautiful clematis vine which has a variety of colorful species. Also, the roots of the clematis will thrive next to a tree or shrub since it requires shade and well drained, moist soil to grow healthy. Some striking combinations include the rose pink flowers of the C. montana rubens clematis vine growing alongside the white blossoms of a viburnum shrub or dogwood tree.
For a more dramatic effect…
Climbing hydrangea has small beautiful clusters of delicate white flowers which are particularly attractive in sugar maples. Best of all, climbing hydrangea is pest resistant!
Want to cover up a dead tree?
A Virginia creeper vine’s magnificent red fall color lights up leafless branches. If you decide to remove the tree trellis, you can always unhook the Virginia creeper and spread it on the ground where is makes an excellent ground cover.
Choose your vines carefully…
Not all climbing vines are tree-friendly Rampant vines such as wisteria, bittersweet, wild grape and honeysuckle can kill trees. So can poison ivy. These vines reach high into the tree and spiral around branches, blocking light and reducing the tree’s food supply.
The best way to get rid of these overexuberant climbers is to cut them off at the roots. But don’t rip down the vines; let them wither and fall off naturally. Or, if you feel they are unsightly, have them pruned out. However, caution must be used since certain trees could suffer sunscald injury. If in doubt, it is wise to consult your arborist first.
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