We moved into a home in Grovetown, GA on a large lot with lots of
trees. Fortunately only a few of the more mature trees have a vine
that apparently sticks its thorns into the bark and climbs up the
trunk. Root structure is large clump of tuberous like globes and the
vine travels an amazing distance to find a tree.
We've seen the Kudzu trees in N.C. and S.C. and this doesn't appear to
be the same vine. We didn't see anything like this in California and
wonder if anything can be done as home owners to control it. Presently
we're digging the glob of tubers out when they are found and pulling
as much of the vine out of the tree and following the runners under
the ground and cutting off when we can't do anything else.
We'd like to know the name and if there are any steps for us to take
to control this vine.
Can't recall its name but it is a vicious thing to have around. There
is probably herbcides that will kill it. digging up tuberous root
helps, but think if a bit of root is left it will still survive.. I'd
talk to Agri agent and see if they have a solution. I fought the
culbrit when I lived in Florida.
I'll bet a call to your local County Extension office will not only help
you identify it, but will also give you the best solution to it and it is
free and most important, they are not trying to push some commerical
On Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:31:42 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
First I'll cover vines that I DON'T think it is.
If the vine has rootlets which bind it to the support, and has leaves in sets
of 5 - a stem coming from the vine with 5 leaflets on it - you have Virginia
Creeper. I don't recall any tubers in the root structure, but I haven't
pulled any big ones either.
Another one with rootlets is poison ivy, but you'd probably know after 24
hours if you'd pulled that one by hand <G>. Remember, "leaflets three, leave
A woody vine which grows in the area is called cross vine. Leaves are in sets
of 2 and are oval, but a really long oval. Plant uses tendrils to hold on
supports - may have rootlets too, never paid much attention. This plant has
very nice blooms this time of year - trumpet shaped, yellow and red.
None of the above have thorns.
There are several "wild" roses, but I think you'd recognize them.
Now for what I think it is...
Leaves are shiny, oval to nearly round? Tendrils may also help hold vine to
Greenbriars can have a vine as big around as your finger or as small as a
kite string, depending on the age of the plant and the species. Most have
thorns (some in great profusion) in proportion to the diameter of the vine,
but some do not. All (AFIK) have woody, knotty tubers in the root system
which have wiry roots coming from them and most have horizontal runners just
beneath the soil level which throw up new vines along the way.
FYI, the tubers used to (may still) be used to make smoking pipes.
From your post, sounds like you are doing the right things for control. I
would also add that if you can't get the root out, cut it and paint the end
with Roundup. This will not always give complete control, but will weaken the
plant to the extent that a future application (may take more than one if the
plant is particularly strong) will probably do it in. It is best to cut the
vine and apply Roundup to the cut as the leaves and vine have a waxy coating
which impedes absorbtion of the chemical.
If the plant is in an area that can be mowed, a couple of years of weekly
mowing will usually kill it. I have used this method to control both
blackberries and greenbriar. You have to get the plants cut back to something
that your mower can handle first though.
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