There’s something picturesque about ivy twining its way up a tree trunk, the contrast of glossy green pointed leaves against furrowed bark.
You can learn about the damaging effects ivy in our city’s natural areas, removal methods, or how to volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation’s “No Ivy League” here. This organization is dedicated to saving trees by eradicating ivy in Forest Park.
Ivy isn’t the only weed that can attack a tree in this way. Clematis vitalba, known by the common names Old Man’s Beard or Traveler’s Joy, gives ivy a run for its money. If things like this don’t give you nightmares, go ahead and read up about this noxious weed on this bulletin posted by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. See here for their leaflet on ivy also.
I wonder what kind of tree is underneath this mess?