This vine is an ideal choice for either a low-maintenance groundcover or climbing vine. It is vigorous, tough and attractive and is useful to disguise old stumps, rockpiles, cracked walls, and anchor fences. It makes a good screen on pergolas, trellises. It also looks attractive climbing up trees, which it will not harm. A good substitute for English ivy in cold northern climates, it is often used to cover the walls of buildings on college campuses. Allowing it to climb on wood is not recommended, because the presence of the dense vine makes it difficult to paint the wood, and it may promote rotting of the wood due to dampness over time. The tiny rootlets which fasten the vine stems to the supporting surface often leave stains or marks when the vine is pruned back or removed.