Sounds like you have Ficus pumila. It will not eat wood, but it will
a) hold moisture against a wood surface, which can lead to rot and b)
leave marks on the wood when you pull it down, since it clings with
If you want to remove it, tear it down and pull up the plants. You
may have to scrape and paint the wood.
This is a wonderful plant in the right place, but it can be a nuisance
in the wrong place. Try a bit as a houseplant in a hanging basket.
You might like it there.
Michael Roback wrote:
>> I have a plant at my house that grows like wildfire. Someone told me it is
> in the Ficus family??? It grows up walls and sticks tenaciously and
> currently it has grown up onto our carport and is sticking to the underside.
> Someone told me that this plant will eat wood??? Does it have to be removed
> immediately and how so? Can it just be scraped off? Does it leave a
> residue that is harmful to wood? What do I do???