Invasive Plant Factsheet
One of the most popular ground covers in North America, this non-native climbing vine was introduced by early European colonists. Its vigorous growth creates an “ivy desert” as it chokes out other plants on the ground, and it poses a threat to both buildings and trees as it grows up vertical surfaces. The plant is reported as invasive throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, including Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.
Replacement woody plants:
- Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
- Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ (Fragrant Sumac)
- Xanthoriza simplicissima (Yellowroot)
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