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reeCreations
Burgettstown, PA

June 16, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #9167507

hi, i live in sw pa. need an id on a vine i discovered while battling a russian olive in scrubby woods next to my property. ("woods" have sassafras, bush honeysuckle, raspberry, ash, pin cherry, wild grape, grandiflora rose, russian olive,etc.) it can climb, but is mostly on the ground. it has 5", slightly irregular, but not toothed, oval leaves with veins arranged similar to a dogwood leaf; medium green and rather tender. tendrils like a clematis at leaf axis' which are in pairs every 3-4". it has spines/thorns like a raspberry along the stem but smaller and fewer. do not know seasonal info about blooms etc. since i just saw it. searched online of course. any info appreciated!

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #9168485

Photos would be very helpful.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9168515

Take a look at Smilax sp. There are a number of Greenbrier vines that are native in eastern North America, and one of the main variations is the style of thorns along the stem.
reeCreations
Burgettstown, PA

June 17, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9168743

thank you for responding. two things:1. the leaves are staggered, alternating sides at equal distance. they are not "in pairs". 2. i have a pic in my phone... not too versed as to how to get it posted.working at it..
reeCreations
Burgettstown, PA

June 17, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9168779

here 'tis. took your advice and looked up smilax. believe you are absolutely correct. from what i read, don't want it spreading. it's just inches from the lawn.

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luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9200578

Also known as sawbrier. I cleaned up a patch more than 10 years ago, and have the scars to prove it. Their root system is extensive and they form tubers which get big if not dug up. Good luck. Sorry for your problem. Luciee {;^)
reeCreations
Burgettstown, PA

July 11, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9201645

hi,
this stuff seems to be impervious to brush killer! i've hit it 3 times. but, it doesn't seem to be spreading either, so maybe it has some effect. too hard to dig it up 'cause there are too many tree roots. thanks for your concern.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9201991

my county agent said use a strong solution of roundup and then may only get the new growth. It just about is impervious. Luciee {;^)

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2012
7:03 AM

Post #9308748

There are people who have had luck with cutting the leaves off and attaching a floral pik filled with brush killer so it will feed the vine over a bit of time. Like being slowly injected- helps draw the brush killer down into the 'potato' underground.

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