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Growth Habits of Climbing Plants

Most climbing plants require some form of trellis or growth support, hence it is useful to be familiar with their growth habits, as they determine the type of trellis or espalier required (different construction styles available). In this section, the climbing plants have been classified into six major groups, with more detailed information available under the individual plant profiles. This classification is based on the various growth habits, for which FassadenGrün offers a selection of appropriate trellis systems in either light, easy, medium, heavy duty or massive versions (for info, click link above).

Carport with vitis coignetiae and parthenocissus "Engelmannii
Aerial and adhesive rootlets

Self-Clinging Plants

Self-climbing plants

Espalier plants that twine

Twiners, Vines or Lianas

Vines and lianas with a twining growth

The classic "climbing plants"

Stem Tendril Climbers

Plants with a sense of touch

Plants tendrils that knot together

Leaf Tendril Climbers

Leaf tendrils that make natural knots

Espalier plants such as roses


Plants that interlock with one another and the support system

Overhanging greening of wall and roof

Hanging plants

Overhanging greenings

Plants that suit trellises


Training, pruning and fastening