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Growth Habits of Climbing Plants

Since most climbing plants require some form of trellis or growth support, it is useful to be familiar with their growth habits; they determine the type of trellis or espalier required (the selection of a suitable rope system together with the degree of strength-- 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"
Carport with vitis coignetiae and parthenocissus "Engelmannii"
Aerial and adhesive tendrils

Self-Clinging Plants


Espalier plants that twine

Twiners, Vines or Lianas

Vines and lianas with a twining growth

The classic "climbing plants"

Stem Tendril Climbers

Plants that have a sense (organ) of touch

Plants whose stems (petioles) knot together

Petiole (Leaf Tendril) Climbers

Petiole (leaf tendrils) that make natural knots

Espalier plants (roses, for example)


Plants that entangle with one another and the support system

Overhanging greening of wall and roof

Hanging Plants

Overhanging, cascading greenings

Plants that suit "espaliered"

Shapeable Woody Plants

Espalier trees and shrubs: training, pruning, binding