Virginia Creeper Plants
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Virginia Creeper

Zone 71909 | Anonymous added on June 17, 2018 | Answered

I have Virginia Creeper growing up my chimney. It is beautiful! One neighbor says my VC on my brick chimney will eat the brick. Another neighbor says it will NOT cause any damage to the bricks. Who is right? Thanks

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 19, 2018

The plant attaches itself to the wall surface by tendrils, which might not appear to do much harm, but this is followed by roots, which can grow from the stem at any height and burrow into the mortar joints, pushing the bricks apart. The plant also seems to have the ability to break down and digest timber window frames and fascia boards.
So the answer is yes, Creeping Virginia can do damage to your home.

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