Invasive plant in Ellijay

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Date Photo Taken: May 2010
Location: Ellijay GA
Posted By: davidhandyman


My son just bought a place in Ellijay and this plant is everywhere and grows like bamboo 6′ tall. How can we kill it? Roundup?


  1. Libby Unregistered says:

    I hope someone can identify this plant – as I am interested in it as well. It spreads by underground runners so is invasive. I find it beautiful however, it grows up to 10 foot tall and the leaves are a wonderful lime color in partial sun, with red stems. It really stands out. Even knowing it is invasive I am going to plant it anyway as a privacy screen on the border of my property. I had thought it might be abroma augusta but doubt that it could live in our zone 4 climate.

    July 8th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Is the plant herbaceous or woody?

    July 9th, 2011 at 5:36 pm
  3. Libby Unregistered says:

    The stems of the plant itself are very much like bamboo. They are stiff, stay green, are hollow, and are sectioned off, just like bamboo. Last year I cut a large ‘cane’and cut it in sections just below the juncture, filled them with water and placed them in a jar of water. They rooted in about a week. So it may be some variety of bamboo, but certainly not the commoon variety.

    July 12th, 2011 at 6:42 am
  4. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    it’s Polygonum cuspidatum

    as you can tell it can be very invasive

    control it now

    July 13th, 2011 at 3:53 pm
  5. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Thanks everyone! Sounds like a weed to know.

    July 13th, 2011 at 8:33 pm
  6. Lora Unregistered says:

    It’s certainly bamboo. If you plant it on purpose, your neighbors will hate you. It spreads everywhere and anywhere. I “eradicated” mine first by pulling everything, then a few days later pulling everything again. Repeated this 3-4 times a week, spring through fall (I live in New York), for the next four years. After that it needed pulling only every other week for the next 3 years. Now, I pull about twice a year. Coupled with all my neighbors jumping on the same bandwagon, we are ALMOST bamboo-free after 10 years!

    May 11th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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