Philodendron Plants
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will a large leaf philodendron growing up a oak tree will it kill the tree like most vines do

Zone 34683 | harley708 added on August 3, 2018 | Answered

i have quite a few large oaks and on some there is growing the large philodendrons wondering will they kill or hurt the oak trees

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drtreelove
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Answered on August 4, 2018

Not necessarily. But the damp shaded conditions that it creates can harbor fungal disease and pest activity. Best to keep it minimal and allow air and light circulation.

Vines, if allowed to grow up and cover foliage are harmful due to intense shading and preventing sunlight from reaching the foliage for photosynthesis of sugars that are part of nutrition for the tree.

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