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Vines: Climbers & Twiners

Support Structures

some vines can get very large and very heavy and will need a substantial supportIn addition to looking at providing the preferred type of surface for attachment, consider the size of the vine also. Large, robust vines like Virginia creeper or Dutchman’s pipe can get very large and very heavy and will need a substantial support. Plan for this at the time you plant the vine so you don’t find yourself picking up a structure that was taken down by the weight of the vine.